Based on the video evidence of the irregularities found by three special squads, the Bangalore University’s Task Force on Teachers’ Education has listed 53 colleges with ‘gross irregularities.’
The squads were appointed by the Registrar (Evaluation) R K Somashekhar for monitoring BEd exams in various colleges in the state, The task force, which was appointed by former BU VC Dr N Prabhu Dev, has found irregularities ranging from last minute approvals to missing students from out of state.
The task force submitted the report to the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar on October 9.
The report alleges irregularities on part of the Registrar (Evaluation) and Chairperson of Board of Examination of BEd Dr Roopamala Koneri, who is named in the report.
The task force has recommended that the approval of all the exams granted after September 8 be cancelled and students who were absent for practical exams be marked as failed.
They have also suggested that a panel of examiners be set up to examine irregularities besides asking Dr Roopamala give an explanation.
Registrar (Evaluation) R K Somashekhar, who confirmed that the report has reached him, said action would be taken only after the recommendations are approved by the Academic Council and Syndicate.
“As an individual, I cannot take action. They have recommended to conduct practical examinations in 53 colleges. This is a big exercise which needs approval of the university authorities,” he said.
‘Next VC Should Support Task Force’
With the exit of VC Dr N Prabhu Dev, Chairman of the Bangalore University’s Task Force on Teachers’ Education H Karan Kumar said he expects the next acting VC to support it like Dr Dev.
“The task force was constituted by Dr Dev. While he was supportive, we believe his exit would not hamper our work. We will submit our report before October 30. The acting VC should stand by us. We are also planning to submit a copy to Governor H R Bhardwaj,” he said.