SFI leader declared 'passed' for exams he did not take; certificate withdrawn

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Kochi: A controversy erupted in Kerala on Tuesday after the Kerala Students Union (KSU), the students wing of the opposition Congress, alleged that the mark list of SFI leader P M Arsho, a student of Maharaja's College here, showed that "passed" even though he did not attend any exams.

Arsho is the state secretary of the SFI, the student organisation of the ruling CPI(M).

KSU alleged that in the marklist of the third semester archaeology examination list, it is shown that Arsho had passed the exam even though he did not sit for any of the exams.

"The marklist shows that he has passed the semester. They have fabricated the result and are now cheating the students," a KSU activist told the media.

Meanwhile, the college authorities said that it was the National Informatics Centre (NIC) that falls under the Government of India that published the result, and that it was a technical error.

The mark list was later corrected by the authorities after the controversy erupted.

"He (Arsho) doesn't have any marks in it. Without any marks, how can we give a final certificate? This issue will be checked by the college," the principal told the media.

Reacting to the controversy, Arsho told the media that did not attend the examination and this could be a technical error.

"A strong investigation is required into this matter. We can also doubt whether someone made this error in order to create a controversy now," Arsho shot back about KSU's allegations.

State higher education Minister R Bindu said the matter will be investigated.

Meanwhile, BJP state president K Surendran called for a detailed probe into the matter.

"A detailed probe should be conducted to find out the culprits for making him pass the exam that he has not written," Surendran said. The role of college officials should also be probed, he said.


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