RTI reveals chairmen of banned colleges allotted internal marks to students
The reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that around 1,400 students of Nagpur University were allotted their internal or practical marks by the respective chairmen and secretaries.
The reply from the Controller of Examinations (CoE) of the university shows that 1,378 students belonging to 250 banned colleges operating without a single approved teacher were granted their internal marks by their respective chairmen and secretaries with their signatures. This is in gross violation of the Maharashtra Universities Act, 1994.
The applicant then lodged a complaint with the President of India Pranab Mukherjee apprising him of the situation and also informed him that his presence at the convocation will make him a part of bestowing bogus degrees. The fiasco later culminated in the cancellation of the 100th convocation ceremony.
The vice-chancellor of the university, however, claimed that there was nothing wrong in the issue and this trend has been going on since long. During Management Council meeting, he also blamed the university officials for furnishing confidential information under RTI.
However, the sources said that internal marks don’t fall under the category of confidential information as even students know the names of external and internal examiners. The sources also said that in the banned colleges, the internal examinations might not have been conducted and the marks could have been allotted blindly.