Rattled by accusations of a thriving exam marks racket, authorities at the premier Anna University in Chennai have constituted a three-member committee to probe into it.
“The committee will examine the issues raised in the Express report (‘Marks Scandal Rocks Anna Univ’). Some days ago, we had vaguely heard that someone had given a letter addressed to the CM’s Cell, but we did not know that serious allegations were raised,” outgoing Vice Chancellor P Mannar Jawahar said on Monday. However, he refused to share details of the composition of the committee.
It is reliably learnt that the Governor-Chancellor’s office could ask the university authorities to submit a report on the issue.
Senior university professors insisted that only an external probe would help nail all the culprits involved in the scandal. “Any inquiry by an internal committee will only be an eyewash exercise, as we suspect too many people are involved in the racket,” a senior faculty member said.
Significantly, it is alleged that one of the two assistant professors, who confessed in writing to have manipulated the answer scripts of influential students on the instructions of a senior official in the Examinations Department, was actually actively involved in the racket. The assistant professor was earlier holding a key position in the Examination Department.