150 mobile squads will check 707 examination centres in the State
Second Pre-University examination will begin on March 29 90 sensitive and 70 hyper-sensitive centres identified
BANGALORE: Private detective agents will be on the prowl this year to secretly observe and record any malpractice in the Second Pre-University examination commencing across the State on March 29.
This is the PU Department's latest technique to arrest the trend.
Although malpractice cases last year had come down to 1,083 from 1,220 the previous year, the department wants to reduce it further.
PU Education Commissioner S.G. Hegde was quick to point out to presspersons here that the private detectives will only supplement and not replace the flying and sitting squads.
The department, he said, had already constituted over 150 mobile squads to repeatedly check on the 707 examination centres. Three thousand lecturers were also posted as special sitting squad members.
Second PU examinations will be a much bigger affair this year with 4,57,781 students under the new syllabus and 36,431 candidates under the old scheme.
Of them, 1,32,146 candidates are registered for Science subjects under the new syllabus and 11,026 under the old scheme.
Arts students 2,39,904 of them will take the examination under the new syllabus and 21,048 under the old make up the majority.
A total of 85,731 Commerce students are also on the candidates' list.
To tackle potential examination mischief-mongers, the PU Department has identified 90 sensitive and 70 hyper-sensitive examination centres. Police security will be beefed up for these centres and more sitting squad members posted there. These centres will also be video-graphed, according to Mr. Hegde.
If any malpractice is detected by the mobile squad, the chief superintendent, the assistant chief superintendent, the sitting squad members and the hall supervisor of the particular examination centre will be collectively held responsible.
Mr. Hegde said the Department would initiate appropriate action against them and also cancel the status of the centre without further notice.
Insisting that examination work was part of a teacher's duty, Mr. Hegde warned that the department would block the salaries and take strict action under Section 28 of the Karnataka Education Act 1983 if teachers posted for examination duty did not turn up.
They could even be suspended after a departmental inquiry, he said in response to a query.
Mr. Hegde said the department had penalised 46 teachers who failed to attend valuation work for the 2006 March-April examination. The teachers were also asked to return the valuation allowance and some of them banned from valuation work for the next five years. The PU Department will initiate criminal proceedings against three unapproved colleges that had registered candidates giving them false information. Shivaganganatheswara PU College, Chikmagalur; Veerashaivakakkaiah Education Trust college, Bidar; and Viswapriya PU College, Chitradurga were the unauthorised institutions.
Old syllabus students will get one last chance to clear the II PU in the July 2007 supplementary examination. If they cannot clear that hurdle, such candidates will have to appear for the 2008 March-April examination under the new syllabus.
To avoid a repeat of last year's delayed examination results due to late arrival of internal assessment marks from the colleges, the department has obtained the marks details of all subjects except Science.
The colleges had furnished the details to the respective district deputy directors, Mr. Hegde said.
This year's results were likely to be announced in May, he added.