Bangalore: In a drive to expose erring teaching colleges, the Bangalore University Task Force Committee cracked down on yet another BEd College in the city on Friday. But this time, Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) sheets and partially written answer scripts of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Science (RGUHS) were seized from Mehra’s College of Education.
Chairman of BU Task Force Committee and Academic Council member H Karan Kumar said, “As many as 150 odd scripts of RGUHS was found in the teaching college. The Committee found OMR sheets and dated answer scripts which were reportedly being used for nursing examination based on the preliminary investigation.” Kumar added, “The principal has admitted that these OMR sheets were used for nursing examination and has given a written statement about the same. The confiscated OMR sheets will be handed over to RGUHS. A detailed investigation regarding the same will conducted.”
Meanwhile, intrigued with the teaching institute possessing OMR sheets, Registrar - Evaluation of RGUHS Dr N S Ashok Kumar said, “The university has stopped using OMR sheets about one and half years ago. It is very surprising that the a teaching institute has stacked up OMR sheets belonging to RGUHS which has been done away with. Examinations have gone online and the varsity no longer uses OMR sheets.”
The Bangalore University Task Force Committee cracked down on yet another BEd College in the city on Friday.
The registrar also added that a detailed investigation into the matter has been initiated by the University. Apart from the answer scripts the Committee found that non Karnataka students did not attend classes held by the teaching college. “The Committee contacted a student belonging to Jharkhand who has enrolled with the Mehra College of Education and she confirmed that she had appeared for the first semester examination. The institute has been blindly giving 75 per cent attendance to students and permitting them to appear for the semester examinations,” Karan Kumar pointed.
The Committee also noted that faculty members who have been approved by BU were employed with multiple teaching colleges which was also a violation of the norms prescribed. “Stringent action will be taken against the erring institutes. As many as 21 teaching colleges have been inspected so far by the Task Force Committee and have been found to be lacking in several areas like faculty, students and infrastructure,” he added.