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Recruitment sham: Barkatullah University’s interviews last less than 100 seconds

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

In what can be seen as a repetition of Vyapam, the Barkatullah University (BU) filled its key teaching positions including those of professors and assistant professors without a written test while conducting interview only for 60-100 seconds.

BU had advertised in 2014 for 30 vacant posts in various departments and around 700 students had attended the 3-day interview, according to a report published in Times of India.

In a letter written by higher education department to Madhya Pradesh’s Raj Bhawan, it has asked the Raj Bhawan to take action against MD Tiwari, the vice-chancellor of BU.

The letter states that all the 700 people who had applied for the post were called for the interview without any proper preliminary scrutiny and filtering. Further, the interviews were conducted for just one or two minutes, with the bio-science department interviewing 170 candidates in a single day.

The letter further alleges that to give benefits to the select group of people, the work experience required for the vacant posts were changed from 6 years to 9 years. Also, many students who belonged to unreserved category were interviewed for reserved posts.

The UGC mandates that the selection committee that conducts the interview must have at least one expert from the concerned field. But this norm was clearly violated. The letter claims that the interviews to the posts in limnology was conducted by an expert in bio-technology. Similarly, the interview for aquaculture was conducted by a panel with expertise in genetics.

After receiving complaints from the higher education department, Raj Bhawan has asked for an explanation from BU VC, as per the report.

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Vyapam case: Two persons convicted by Indore court

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Indore: The Indore district court accused two people, Akshat Singh and Prakash Baria for their alleged involvement in cheating and forgery in the examinations for the veterinary diploma conducted by Vyapam on March 19, 2013.

The government prosecutor PL Malviya said, “Akshat Singh entered the examination hall with an identity card which was actually issued to Prakash Baria. The invigilator at the centre found a mismatch between Akshat Singh’s photo and the photo printed on the identity card. The aberration found by the school staff was immediately informed to the MG Nagar police station by the principal.”

Further inquiry revealed that Akshat Singh was impersonating Prakash Baria in order to write the test.

“Akshat Singh was paid by Baria. He himself wanted him to write the test on his behalf”,  said Malviya.

Under section 389 of the CRPC, both of them were released on bail to further contest their case in higher courts.(input from agencies)

 

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Vyapam scam: Former MP minister gets bail

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Bhopal: Former Madhya Pradesh Minister Lakshmikant Sharma, one of the main accused in the infamous Vyapam scam, was released from jail on Sunday following the grant of bail by a court.

Sharma’s release on bail was ordered by a district court in Bhopal on Saturday after the Jabalpur bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court accepted his bail plea the previous day.

The scam in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), better known as Vyapam (Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal), related to admissions in medical colleges in the state as well as recruitment tests conducted for various posts.

Sharma is an accused in seven cases, including those pertaining to recruitment of data entry operators, forest wardens, and food inspectors, among others.

He was lodged in the central jail in Bhopal ever since his arrest on June 16, 2014, by the Special Task Force, which investigated the scam before it was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation this year by the Supreme Court.

Another Vyapam scam accused, a former officer on special duty Dhanraj Yadav was released from jail on Saturday after he too got bail from the court.

Vyapam scam relating to the admissions in medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh shook off the whole government as it involved many ministers and government officials.(IANS)

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Vyapam: Names of selected candidates removed from law institute’s merit list

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New Delhi: Since its commencement in 1997, The Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, (or Vyapam as it is popularly known), conducted admission tests for National Law Institute University (NLIU), enlisted only the roll numbers of their merit students and thus eliminated their names from its list during 2001-07, the reply to an RTI query says.

Whistleblower Ajay Dubey says that this has been done in order to safeguard the interest of beneficiaries.

The merit list of pre-BA.LLB (Hons) entrance test from 2000 to 2007, procured through RTI application in November by Ajay Dubey from the MP Professional Examination Board, evinces that in the year 2000,  the names of the candidates along with their roll numbers were afore mentioned. But from 2001 till 2007, the board removed the names of the candidates, thus only disclosing their roll numbers, the RTI reply said.

“Admission tests for NLIU were ordained by Vyapam till 2007. From 2008 onwards, the admission test for the law institute started regulating within the frame of Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). In order to veil the identities of selected candidates who were recommended by influential people, they eliminated the names of the candidates from the merit list after 2000, though earlier, the practice of putting the names of the candidates with their father’s name prevailed,” Dubey says.

Meanwhile, an expeditious investigation was called by the MP government in order to scrutinize the inflated travel expenses by experts hired by the state’s Professional Examination Board or Vyapam for an examination held in 2006-07.

Two months earlier, the reprinting of 200,000 answer sheets for the Women and Child Development elicited a loss of Rs.262,350 which raised an objection by the Local Fund Audit.

Since 1970, there have been more than 1000 financial aberrations in Vyapam which raised further objections by the state’s audit teams.

Madhya Pradesh has been mired in the Vyapam scam for years, but the irregularities eventually came to notice when 20 people were accused and arrested in 2013, for impersonating candidates who appeared in the medical entrance examination, 2009.

The event was followed by the chain of deaths of forty-eight people who were affiliated with the Vyapam scam. This directed an investigation by CBI.

An Indian Forest Service officer, Vijay Bahadur Singh was recently found to be dead. He was traveling by the Puri-Jodhpur Express and his body was eventually found close to a railway track near Odisha’s Belpahad station on October 15. The CBI has started probing this death as well.

(With inputs from agencies)

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