Authorities of Mangalore University are said to have detected some “discrepancies” in the tabulation of marks of the Bachelor of Business Management (BBM) examination conducted in October and November, 2008.

Last year, a committee of the university appointed by then Vice-Chancellor K.M. Kaveriappa brought to light large-scale manipulation of marks of some LLB students who had appeared for the examination held in October and November, 2008. Subsequently, the Syndicate of the university, in its April 25, 2009 meeting, ordered an inquiry into the matter and sought action against those involved in the manipulation.

Sources in the university told The Hindu on Friday that the “discrepancies” in the tabulation of marks of some BBM students came to light when the authorities were randomly checking the results. Sources, which refused to reveal the exact number of “discrepancies” in the BBM results, said that “they are to an extent which cannot be ignored”. They also did not disclose if the “discrepancies” included any lapses in transferring the marks from A form to the ledger or manipulation of marks. The A form is the one on which the evaluator enters the marks and the roll numbers. The university sends this form to tabulators.

Report

Sources said that the university would submit a report in this regard to the Syndicate shortly. The next course of action would be decided later, they said.

They said that a Karnataka Administrative Services (KAS) officer was heading the examination section as the Registrar (Evaluation) when the marks of both LLB and BBM examinations were tabulated. The Government later transferred the official.

They said that a one-man committee, constituted by the university to probe into the manipulation of marks of LLB students, had completed the hearing and other parts of the assignment. It would soon place its report before the Syndicate for an appropriate decision. Referring to the manipulation of marks of LLB students, sources said that there were some cases in which students who had not appeared for the examination had been given pass marks.

In the case of LLB students, the varsity had found 70 to 80 cases of manipulation of marks. In most cases the manipulation had taken place at the time of transferring the marks from A forms to the ledger, sources said.