Marks scandal in Anna varsity, three academecians suspended
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Marks scandal in Anna varsity, three academecians suspended

The Anna University Vice-Chancellor Soorappa has suspended three professors following their alleged involvement in a multi-crore marks scandal .

He has suspended the former Controller of Examinations and current professor of the Department of Science and Information Technology G.V. Uma, as well as assistant professors P. Vijayakumar and R Sivakumar, both from the University College of Engineering, Tindivanam.

The Vice-Chancellor has also set up a committee to hold a departmental enquiry into the scandal which he has said has been going on for years and that these professors allegedly got money from students seeking revaluation of their marks and helped them pass the examination.

The three professors are among the ten academecians who have been named as accused by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption which exposed the scam on Wednesday

The agency raided on the premises of the suspects and seized incriminating documents, including copies of answer scripts as well as property documents.

According to reports, Prof Uma in concert with the other two professors deliberately failed students so they would seek revaluation..

According to the FIR, in the examination conducted in April-May 2017, Dr Uma demanded and got Rs 10,000 from each student who sought revaluation. Preliminary investigation revealed that of the 3.02 lakh who applied for revaluation, 73,733 passed and as many as 16,636 got enhanced marks .

The FIR further alleges that Prof Uma destroyed the original answer papers of these students whose marks she had boosted and forged the answer scripts

When the same answer papers were referred to independent examiners, they said the marks awarded were disproportionately.

The police raided the premises of professors Uma , Vijayakumar and Sivakumar and seized property documents and also seized copies of the altered answer scripts.

Dr. Uma was Controller of Examinations of Anna University during 2015-18. Dr. Vijayakumar and Dr. Sivakumar were zonal coordinators for the valuation centre at Tindivanam. The remaining accused — R. Sundarajan, M. Mahesh Babu, N. Anbuselvan, C.N. Pratheeba, I. Pragadheeswarar, M. Rameshkannan and S. Ramesh — were professors/lecturers during the same period.

The DVAC has registered cases against them under the Prevention of Corruption Act and relevant sections of the IPC.