With just days to go for the II Pre University final examination, the Department of Pre University Education (DPUE) has incorporated new security measures this time. Learning some bitter lessons from the last exams, when question papers were leaked, the department has divided exam centres into different zones.
Of the 961 centres across the State for the exams, scheduled to begin on March 13, 44 have been identified as ‘hypersensitive’; 116 have been declared sensitive.
Last year, the entire exam timetable had to be rescheduled following the leakage of maths and physics question papers, which was detected just hours before the exam. Department officials had suspected the hand of the tuition mafia behind the leak. The probe was eventually handed over to the Central Crime Branch (CCB). The department also suspended 14 college lecturers teaching at Government PU colleges in Chintamani, Chickaballapur and Srinivasapura for their alleged involvement.
Unconfirmed reports said those centres under the scanner for being in the radar of the paper leak last year were on the ‘hypersensitive’ list.
As many as 280 visiting squads have been formed for this year’s exams. These squads will have different composition. While the squads visiting the ‘hypersensitive’ centres will have six members, those in the ‘sensitive’ zone will have four. The remaining will have two-member squads.