Health University bans watch, ornaments in exam halls
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS) has decided to ban wrist watch and ornaments in examination halls. This rule will be applicable for all exams, including MBBS exams, conducted by the university. The colleges will be directed to strictly implement the rule from next examination onwards.
The new decision was taken after mass cheating was detected in the exams conducted by medical colleges recently. The University Exam Board recommended measures to prevent hi-tech methods for cheating in exams in the backdrop of University College exam cheating incidents.
When CCTV visuals from exam halls were checked, cheating was detected in six colleges including the government medical colleges in Alappuzha and Ernakulam, and four self-financing medical colleges Thiruvananthapuram SUT Medical College, Varkala SR Medical College, Kollam Azeezia Medical College and Perinthalmanna MES Medical College.
In the visuals, students can be seen discussing answers with each other and copying during exam. The university has decided to seek explanation from the identified students and take action against them.
Earlier, some students were held by college authorities for writing exams with the help of Bluetooth devices. Some other students complained that the university does not check CCTV footage from exam halls of all colleges. The authorities cited shortage of staff as reason for this.
Recommendations of university
- College authorities should set up clock in exam halls.
- Instrument box, big chains, bangles, ring and other ornaments will not be allowed in the hall.
- Only ballpoint pens will be allowed. If possible, college authorities should supply pens.
- Water bottle brought by students will not be allowed in exam halls.
- Though body checking is recommended, it may not be implemented at present.