The Punjab State Board of Technical Education & Industrial Training asserted on Monday that it might have to cancel affiliation of 7 reputed pharmacy colleges in Punjab over charges of mass copying during examinations that were conducted within the final two months.
The colleges are: Vinayaka College of Pharmacy, Vidya Sagar Paramedical College, Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Pharmacy, Lord Krishna College of Pharmacy, and Krishna College of Pharmacy — all in Lehragaga. The two others are Aryabhatta College of Pharmacy; Modern College of Pharmacy in Sangrur.
In addition, charge sheets have been filed against Government Polytechnic College, Bareta, principal Navneet Walia and section officer Anil Kumar, as per official statement.
During the times of social distancing and stricter educational norms, the smooth conduct of exams was expected to be happening around the country.
Contrariwise, it was found that the answer copies of all the pharmacy students in offline examination matched word-to-word and many online solved papers matched to some extent.
Students attempted the same questions from the set of choices given during their end term exams, as stated by Technical Education Principal Secretary Anurag Verma.
Further details were sought from The Punjab State Board of Technical Education & Industrial Training secretary and principal of the Government of Polytechnic College (Girls), Patiala, areas where the answer sheets of the 7 colleges were sent for evaluation.
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Anurag Verma said both the reports affirmatively indicated mass copying taking place in the 7 colleges during the months of September and October.
“Due process has been initiated to cancel the affiliation of the colleges concerned, ” he added.
In the wake of preventing from such cases to be happening again in future, strict action is expected to be taken.
Show-cause notices will be issued soon to these institutions for cancellation of their affiliation. Examinations in these schools have been cancelled for now and directions have been issued for the re-conduct of papers, Verma admitted.