MSU hires shrink to reform ‘cheaters’

Stung by a rise in the number of cheating cases at the semester examination held this year, the Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) has hit upon a novel idea to control the menace — by involving professional counsellors.

In the second semester examination for various faculty conduced during April and May 2012, as many as 453 students were found guilty of alleged cheating. It is possibly the largest ever number in recent years, which has made the university authorities to come up with ways to reduce it for coming semester examinations.

To begin with, the university on Saturday organised a workshop by an eminent city psychiatrist, Yogesh Patel, and has planned to put in place an "academic integrity policy", with an aim to deal with what it terms as "student dishonesty". The workshop was attended by most of the 453 students who were caught cheating.

"The university has decided not to treat students who were caught teaching as criminals and instead reorient them through counselling," Director of university's Communication Cell Amit Dholakia told The Indian Express. The university authorities would also rope in experts like psychiatrist to provide counselling to those students, he added.

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