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'Mystery boy' excels in Anna University exam

The New Indian Express |

Updated: May 4, 2011, 10:30 AM IST
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'Mystery boy' excels in Anna University exam
Students found a certain Arun Kumar Reddy's name on the rolls, who always passed with flying colours.

Coimbatore: Over the last three years, every time the Anna University (Chennai) exam results were declared, students of a batch of BE Computer Science Engineering at the Kamban Engineering College in Tiruvannamalai were perplexed.

They found a certain Arun Kumar Reddy's name on the rolls, who always passed with flying colours. But no student had ever seen a person called Reddy in the class or even in the exam hall. Finally, a girl decided to blow the whistle and shot off a petition to the Anna University about the mysterious Reddy who scored higher marks than some of the brighter students in the class.

The Anna University Controller of Examination conducted an inquiry at the college, administered by the family of State Food Minister E V Velu, on Thursday last and found startling information. He discovered that three answer scripts of Reddy from different semester exams contained different handwritings. On checking the exam attendance register, authorities found that Reddy has been marked present after using a whitener to erase the original record.

The inquiry brought to light that Reddy's answer sheets contained serial numbers different from the unique serial number provided to the college. Each exam centre (college) is supplied answer sheet bundles with the unique serial number printed on it and while signing the exam attendance register the candidate has to mention this number.

"We suspect that the college allowed impersonators to appear for Arun Kumar Reddy. It appears that unused answer sheets (supplied during the previous semester exam) could have been used. An inquiry panel led by a senior professor has summoned the college faculty to appear before it on May 5 and explain the discrepancies," a source in the university said.

Authorities indicated that if the charges were proved, Reddy (if he is traced) would be handed over to the police and the results of all past university examinations in which he had passed would be cancelled. He would also be debarred for two years.

The university authorities have also indicated that the Kamban Engineering College in Tiruvannamalai could face serious action including disaffiliation from the university and barred from admitting students for a period ranging from two to five years.

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