Three Anna University professors to be sacked

Decision taken at Syndicate meeting after panel finds merit in the allegations

October 31, 2018 01:06 am | Updated 01:06 am IST - CHENNAI

CHENNAI, 18/03/2013: For City: A view of the building of College of Engineering Guindy at Anna University campus in Chennai. Photo:B_Jothi Ramalingam.

CHENNAI, 18/03/2013: For City: A view of the building of College of Engineering Guindy at Anna University campus in Chennai. Photo:B_Jothi Ramalingam.

Three professors of Anna University are to be dismissed from service for their “involvement in a scam in the revaluation of answer papers” in 2012.

A decision to this effect was taken by the Syndicate of the university at its meeting held in September. The scam pertains to the tenure of Vice-Chancellor P. Mannar Jawahar, between the years 2008 and 2012. Though the Mr. Jawahar was initially suspended, he was later acquitted of all charges.

The three professors — the then additional controller of examinations P. Tamilporai; assistant professor, Ramanujan Computing Centre, K. P. Mani Anand; and assistant professor at the Madras Institute of Technology campus, R. Sivakumar — had been charged with irregularities in revaluation.

Faculty confess

After talk of a scam began doing the rounds, an assistant professor claimed that he was asked to revaluate 18 subjects on a single day. He stated that the faculty had increased the marks scored by a student of the College of Engineering, Guindy, to 50-60 in all 18 subjects.

The scam made headlines after one of the professors involved in the malpractice wrote to the Chief Minister’s cell providing details about all that he had been forced to do, and sought pardon. A similar confession detailing the malpractices was sent to the government in 2009-2010. The three professors were suspended soon after and the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption slapped charges against them.

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