The University of Kerala has directed the managements of self-financing professional, arts and science colleges to install cameras inside examination halls to prevent and detect the growing incidents of mass copying by students, allegedly with the connivance of college authorities. The university has also directed the managements to conduct examinations in the ground floor as far as possible to give easy and timely access to squads to carry out checks.

A decision to this effect was taken at a recent Syndicate meeting, P.S. Sreekala, convener, Syndicate standing committee on Students’ Discipline, told The Hindu .

Instances of mass copying had shown an unprecedented rise in the recent years, she said. In the past academic year alone, five cases of mass copying were referred to the committee by the Controller of Examinations.

Accordingly, the committee imposed fines varying from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.2 lakh to various institutions — a dental college near the city, a teacher education college in Alappuzha, an engineering college in the city and another one in Kollam.