Anna University has debarred the faculty of an affiliated college on charges of cheating and conspiracy.
C. Kumar Charlie Paul, currently principal of the Indira Gandhi College of Engineering and Technology for Women, Chengalpattu, has been “debarred from involving [himself] in any of the academic activities of Anna University forever,” according to a letter issued by the University registrar. The registrar has said that the faculty “had committed certain irregularities in the examination held during November/December 2018.”
He further said the principal “is fully guilty of encouraging mass copying and had also acted in a manner that is unbecoming of an officer by doing acts of cheating and conspiracy at every level of the examination process.”
According to an official of the university, Mr. Paul, who has been in the university’s service since 2004, had two Ph.D degrees, and one of them was fake. He had produced a Ph.D certificate when he was with the Anna University of Technology in Tirunelveli. But subsequently, he had provided a different certificate at the Chengalpattu college.
“There were a lot of complaints against him earlier and we couldn’t confirm it as we were initially unable to access the certificate he had produced in Tirunelveli. After we traced it, we initiated action,” the official said.
The issue of mass copying was reported by the university’s squad members during verification, who alerted the zonal coordinator. We collected the answer scripts and found that all the answers were identical. “These papers were not evaluated,” the official added.
The university has nullified the results of 130 students who took the arrears examination held in November/December 2017.
University sources said students involved had received the answer papers after the exams with the support of some faculty members, to enable them to write the correct answers.
The syndicate has resolved that these students would be given another chance. “The students can write the exam in the coming semester,” said an official.
The syndicate is also expected to decide the quantum of punishment for the faculty who colluded with the students.