The panel formed by Kuvempu University, headed by retired judge Basavaraj Tadal, to look into the marks card scam has submitted its final report to Vice-Chancellor S.A. Bari.
It may be mentioned here that a police team busted a racket in May 2012 pertaining to issuance of fake marks cards and awarding high marks to students by taking bribes.
The police had seized a large number of fake marks cards, blank and unevaluated answer scripts, electronic gadgets used to print marks cards, and official seals from the evaluation section of the university. The police had registered cases against eight employees of the university, who were then suspended.
In addition to the police inquiry, the university had formed an inquiry panel under Mr. Tadal on February 19, 2013 to probe the role played by the suspended employees. According to sources, the panel has collected detailed information on the stages where the irregularities had taken place and the involvement of the university staff in them.
The panel questioned the staff and recorded their statements. The report submitted by the panel will be tabled at the Syndicate meeting for discussion. The Syndicate meeting is likely to be convened immediately after the model code of conduct in force for the Lok Sabha elections is completely lifted. Issues pertaining to disciplinary action that can be initiated against the employees involved and measures that can be taken to prevent such irregularities again are likely to be discussed at the meeting.