The issue of mass copying and impersonation in Osmania University examinations has rattled the authorities. Following an expose in these columns, deans of various departments at the university and principals of affiliated colleges have held meetings to look into matter.

The controversial Ph.D. admissions appear to have taken its toll. Prof. B. Venkataeshwarlu, Dean, Faculty of Arts, has submitted his resignation unable to bear the pressure from students but the Vice-Chancellor has not accepted the same, it is said.

The list of selected Ph.D. candidates was to have been put up on Saturday, but it has been postponed till December 19 since most of the departments are yet to finalise the names. Many feel there is room for manipulation since the names of the candidates were not finalised on the day interviews were conducted. Veiled threats and flaunting of recommendation letters from VIPs has derailed the whole process, it is said.

B. Satyanarayana, president, Osmania University Teachers’ Association, strongly condemned outside influence and wanted merit to be protected at all costs. He favoured strict control over conduct of examinations, as any laxity would tarnish the university image.

“We have been telling this to the university authorities all along but there is no action”, Mr. Satyanarayana said.

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