Bengaluru: The Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) will now give a tough time to the students who get themselves involved in cheating during examination as it has asked the affiliated colleges to live stream the examination online.
The university decided to take up the decision after many cases of cheating have been reported where students were found using ‘Munnabhai’ technique of using Bluetooth devices to get the answers read out by family and friends. Cases of tempering of answer scripts have also been reported.
In the newly introduced mechanism of web-streaming, the colleges will have to stream the exams online by using CCTV cameras.
M.K. Ramesh, Registrar (Evaluation) of the university told The Hindu, “A dedicated team will sit in the university’s headquarters in Bengaluru and continuously monitor the situation. If it does not receive footage of a particular examination centre, our flying squads will be sent to the college to check for malpractices.”
The mentioned measure will come into force from May 2019 for all the postgraduate medical and dental students as well as those enrolled in an allied health science course at RGUHS. The footage will mandatorily be preserved for at least six months after the exams.
The students and faculty members have welcomed the decision warmly. One of the MBBS students of the university, Soujanya stated to the daily “Merely installing CCTV cameras is of no use. Web streaming of answer scripts will certainly curb malpractices and will ensure that students who have worked hard can write the exam without any disturbance.”
Since CCTV cameras are already installed in the university but no records were being checked.
Confirming the reason behind the move, Dr Ramesh told The Hindu, “If we get any complaint of malpractice, there is no way for us to verify it as the college either claims the cameras were not working or would have switched them off at the time. We often get complaints a fortnight after the exam is conducted, and the colleges are not able to give us the footage.”