Day I of HSC exam: no cheating case reported from city

On day one of HSC exams, 28 cases of cheating were reported from Pune division though no case came up from Pune city.

In Ahmednagar, one student was caught cheating while 27 cases were reported from Solapur. Nasik topped the list with 76 cheating cases. A total of 212 cases were recorded till Tuesday evening in the state. One dummy case was found in Osmanabad under Aurangabad division.

Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) chairman Sarjerao Jadhav said, "Each centre head will send detailed reports to the nine divisions and a decision on each case will be taken by an inquiry committee set up for the purpose. Right now no action will be taken against the students as we don't want to disrupt their exams in case a student is found innocent later."

After the inquiry report comes out, depending on how serious each case is, it will be decided whether a student's exam in February-March 2012 will be cancelled or he/she will be required to take the Allowed To Keep Term (ATKT) in October 2012 or February 2013 or later, added Jadhav. M V Gosawi, secretary, divisional Board, Pune, MSBSHSE, said, "We have received reports of 27 cheating cases in Solapur. However, the situation was better in the rest of the division. Pune showed a clean record on the first day of the exam."

Sayali Gaikwad, a student from MES Garware Junior College, said, "The question paper was quite easy today, especially section B where writing skills based on passages was to be answered. I just hope the other papers are also a smooth sail. I am keeping my fingers crossed for Marathi."

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