Kerala Uty mark moderation scam: Mark lists of 390 students to be cancelled
Thiruvananthapuram: The investigation committee has reported that the mark moderation issue in Kerala University took place because of an error in the software. Abnormality was reported in the mark list of 727 students. Out of this, 390 students downloaded their mark lists. These mark lists will soon be cancelled. The university’s computer centre director Vinod Chandra has been suspended in connection with the incident.
The moderation software was installed in 2016. As allegations of the moderation irregularities were raised, an internal inquiry led by pro- vice chancellor Dr. PP Ajayakumar and an expert committee inquiry led by Dr. Gopichandran also took place. Both the inquiries had reported that the incident was caused by an error in the programme code of the software.
The irregularity occurred while uploading the moderation of 12 exams in job oriented courses. As a result, the scores of 11 papers increased and the score of one paper decreased.
The internal inquiry led by the pro- vice chancellor will continue even though no employee was found to be guilty in the issue. The computer centre director was instructed to find a solution at various stages.
However, there were serious lapses in monitoring of passwords. Also, the software was not equipped to confirm the payment of fees by the students done through service centres.
And the functioning of computer centre on Sunday at a time when there were doubts in the minds of the general public has been reported as another major lapse. The computer centre director was suspended owing to these factors.
Report to be handed over to crime branch
A decision has been taken to continue with the crime branch investigation on the matter and to hand over the report of the investigation conducted by expert committee.
A request will be made to the government so as to extend the universitythe service of the senior programme officer. A multi-level security system will be enabled using biometric system. Explanations will be sought from officers who monitored the passwords.
It is being reported that the crime branch has handed over the investigation reports to the city police commissioner.