This year’s exam season witnessed a demure exhibition of “free education” when a Gujarat management and business college allowed 22 students to appear for their exams in places other than their examination hall. The college that achieved this condemnable feat is C Z Patel College of Business and Management (CZPCBM) situated in Vallabh Vidyanagar, Anand. Ironically, this Vallabh Vidyanagar is termed as the “education town of Gujarat”.
The event so occurred that around 22 students were allowed to appear for their exams sitting in their predetermined comfort spots like the garden, terrace and laboratory and even inside their own cars. This event occurred in broad daylight even when their compatriots were honestly giving their exams and sweating it out with their own merit and curricular skills.
A four-member investigation team has been setup by the Sardar Patel University (SPU) to probe the alleged accusations. It has been primarily found out around 600 students study in the college but only 22 seemed to be getting the privileged benefits. A 700 page report has been filed and submitted by the committee that has been probing the incident.
The con game was orchestrated between March 18 and April 10 where students were even distributed blank answer sheets before the commencement of the exam. As the students finished writing their papers in places as per their wish, their papers were collected and placed along with the legitimately held exam copies of the other students.
It has been further found out that those 22 students belong to colleges managed by the education trust Charotar Vidya Mandal (CVM). Correspondingly, CVM has suspended 2 CZPCBM clerks associated with the scam. In spite of this, the investigation team suspects the involvement of 7-8 teachers of the college in the said scam.
The report has also found out that the college’s Principal Dr. Atul Bansal and two teachers namely, S K Thakur and Swapnil Patel were respectively appointed as the coordinator and senior supervisors for the said exams. This college under the affiliation of SPU was one of the seats for the examinations that were being held.
The committee has submitted its reports to Professor Harish Padh on June 27 who happens to be the VC of SPU. Before his tenure terminated on June 30, professor Padh took a revolutionary step in the corresponding matter. He issued official orders to debar two junior supervisors from exam duty for a duration of two years as well as all the 22 students involved in the educational scam. He also derecognized the three aforementioned teachers from the college.
The enquiry committee has recommended legal action against the guilty and suggested the filing of police complaints against them. This step has been taken in order to probe the matter to enlighten it furthermore. As per the words of a committee member, “the students have accepted to have taken the favour but it is not clear whether it was done in return of any financial or material favours or not”. The final outcome of the scam will be clear after the police are over with their own investigation process.