MDU V-C orders probe into recovered answersheets from university terrace

Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) Vice-Chancellor Dr R P Hooda on Tuesday ordered a probe in the scandal involving recovery of 2,000 answersheets from the terrace of the secrecy branch of the university.

The Haryana Police is likely to register a criminal case and initiate investigations into the incident.

In a statement issued, Hooda said, "The Rohtak-based university will take serious action against the employees found guilty in the examination answer-book episode. We have constituted an inquiry committee to look into the gamut of matter, identify the errant officials, if any, and suggest measures to plug loop holes in the examination system. The committee, headed by Prof S S Chahar, will comprise Prof S P Khatkar, Prof Jagdish Nandal, Prof Nasib Singh Gill, Prof A S Mann, Prof Gulshan Taneja and MDU's Registrar Dr S P Vats. We have also written to the Rohtak SSP to immediately lodge a case and initiate thorough investigation in the matter. On the basis of preliminary inquiry, a security personnel posted in the Administrative Block has been placed under suspension".

Around 2,000 answer sheets of annual examination of various courses, including management and engineering (BBA, MBA and BTech) were recovered last week from the terrace of the secrecy branch of MDU. While the branch where the answer sheets are kept under lock and key is located in the basement of the administrative block, the answer sheets were found lying on the terrace.

Though MDU authorities had reportedly tried to push the entire incident under the carpet, they ordered a probe only after the matter was played up by media.

Sources in the MDU disclosed that a racket involving tampering of answer sheets was going on in the university for the past few months and certain key officials of the university were under the scanner.

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