MBBS Exams: Ten final-year students of UP medical college caught cheating using hi-tech gadgets
Agra: In a condemnable incident, ten final year MBBS students including a female student were caught cheating during their examinations. They purportedly were using high-tech gadgets including micro-sized Bluetooth earphones.
As per various media accounts, the students caught have been identified as medicos from FH Medical College in Agra.
The incident took place during the Opthalmology exam held at the Khandari Campus of Dr BR Ambedkar University between 8 am and 11 am on October 20. A total of 90 MBBS students of the self-financed college located in Etmadpur locality had appeared for the exam.
Among these, ten students were caught by the university officials and police for opting for unfair means. The students were cheating using micro Bluetooth in their ears and amulets with SIM cards inserted into them around their neck. These devices were working as two-way telecommunication devices and medicos were being dictated all the answers to the questions by their associates present outside the examination hall.
However, an invigilator in one of the classrooms heard a few students murmuring half an hour after the commencement of the exam. On observing one of the students for a few minutes, the invigilator found that the examinee was pressing an object on the chest, inside the shirt, repeatedly. On being suspicious, he did a full body search and found the device on the student. Thereafter, similar devices were found on nine other students.
Acting on the orders of the vice-chancellor, the senior officials of the police were informed. Soon, the superintendent of police (city) along with his team arrived and the students were frisked.
Commenting on the same, the Chief Proctor of the university, Dr Manoj Srivastava told India Today that an FIR has been filed against these students in the New Agra Police Station. He added that the university will also be taking action against these students.
"The matter has been referred to the university's committee for unfair means. Following an internal investigation, the committee will take suitable action. Besides, a formal police complaint mentioning details of students caught cheating in the exam was also filed," the varsity vice-chancellor Ashok Mittal told TOI.
Meanwhile, superintendent of police (city) Botre Rohan Pramod told the daily, "On basis of the complaint received from the varsity's chief proctor, we are going to register a case under the Uttar Pradesh Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act, IPC's section 420 (cheating and dishonesty) and section 66 of the Information Technology Act. We are taking legal advice to pursue the case in court as the accused are students and appearing for exams. The entire matter is being investigated in detail. Students are being questioned separately."
The attempt at cheating by would-be doctors have been widely condemned on various social platforms. For instance, an advocate of Delhi High Court tweeted, "God knows how many Munnabhai is working around us, be careful of them & report any incident to police immediately & without any hesitation."