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Anna University racket - accused for marks rigging

Anna University racket - accused for marks rigging
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The cashformarks racket at the Anna University boosted the scores of a student in one paper in April May 2017 exam from 5 to 77 after reevaluation, in a manner that would seem perfectly legal, but by exploiting loopholes in rules

CHENNAI: The cash-for-marks racket at the Anna University boosted the scores of a student in one paper (in April/ May 2017 exam) from 5 to 77 after re-evaluation, in a manner that would seem perfectly legal, but by exploiting loopholes in rules. This answer sheet from the April/ May 2017 exam is the part of evidence collected by the directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption (DVAC), which has booked former controller of examinations G V Uma and nine others for taking a bribe to rig the answer sheets. Tens of thousands of students may have paid to pass, the investigators suspect.

The university re-evaluation rules state that if the re-evaluation marks are 15 marks more than the original, a second re-evaluation is to be done. The marks obtained in the central evaluation, first re-evaluation and second re-evaluation are compared, and the ‘best’ among the two ‘most consistent marks’ is taken as the ‘true’ score. In this case, the student’s marks changed from 5 to 45 after the first re-evaluation, a change of 40 marks from the original. Since the difference in marks was more than 15, the paper was sent for a second re-evaluation as per rules. After the second re-evaluation, the student was given 77 marks.

Now, the difference between marks of the first re-evaluation and the second re-evaluation was 32, which is lesser than the difference between the primary valuation and the first re-evaluation, which was 40. So, 45 and 77, which were nearer to each other than 5 and 45, were considered ‘consistent marks’. Of the two, as per the rule, 77 was considered the ‘true mark’ as it was higher.

DVAC is investigating Uma’s role in influencing examiners at the re-evaluation centre in Tindivanam. The other accused in the case include two assistant professors of Government College of Engineering, Tindivanam, the re-evaluation centre and seven other examiners.

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