The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, has unearthed a bribery scam in the revaluation of answer sheets by Anna University.
A large number of students reportedly paid money (Rs.10,000) to have their scores enhanced during revaluation of their answer scripts.
During searches, DVAC seized copies of answer scripts and documents of immovable assets from the residential and office premises of Dr. Uma and others. The accused have been booked under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and also on charges of conspiracy, cheating, forgery and criminal misconduct.
Preliminary investigation revealed that of the 3,02,380 students who applied for revaluation, 73,733 passed and about 16,636 got enhanced marks in the revaluation done during August 2017. The suspects allegedly altered marks on the answer sheets of the students who paid the bribes.
The accused “destroyed a maximum number of the answer scripts of the students for whom they awarded enhanced marks/pass marks in the revaluation done during August 2017 at Tindivanam.
Answer scripts that were seized revealed the nature of the offence. “If during the first revaluation, a student gets marks which are 15% more than the original score, the answer script is referred to a third examiner. It is here that the offence took place. Higher marks were awarded to students by forging the answer scripts that were destroyed. Teachers who refused to cooperate and insisted on awarding actual marks were debarred from the process of valuation,”
Former Controller of Examinations, Prof GV Uma, has been named as an accused in the scam. GV Uma served as Controller of Examinations from 2015 to 2018. Uma is currently a professor in the Department of Information Science and Technology.
Nine other academicians are also involved. Zonal coordinators for the valuation centre at Tindivanam, Dr Vijayakumar and Dr Sivakumar, have also been named as accused. The other accused, R Sundarajan, M Mahesh Babu, N Anbuselvan, CN Pratheeba, I Pragadheeswarar, M Ramesh Kannan and S Ramesh were professors/lecturers during the same period.
Previously, the DVAC had registered a case against former Anna University Vice-Chancellor Rajaram and six others for allegations of corruption in the recruitment of teaching faculties in the varsity between 2013-2016.