Cheating in exams: UP to bring in anti-copying bill in upcoming assembly session

Lucknow: An anti-copying bill to stop rampant cheating in examinations in Uttar Pradesh and a skill development university for improved employability bill are part of the UP government’s plans to improve the education system in the state.

A significant 60,61,034 candidates registered for the high school and intermediate examinations in the state this year. They included 34,04,715 examinees for Class 10 and 26,56,319 for Class 12 . However, due to strict vigilance following reported cases of cheating in previous years, an unexpected 5,94,503 candidates left the examination hall midway through the exams as they failed to succeed in using unfair means, while 1,862 examinees were caught copying.

Briefing the media after a conference of vice-chancellors from state universities on Thursday at Lucknow, deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma said the government will bring in an anti copying bill in the coming assembly session.

“We are committed to stop all types of irregularities in the examination and thus CCTVs and elaborate security arrangements would be made for cheating-free exams in universities and colleges,” he added.

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UP will also get its first skill development university for improved employability of students.

A committee formed under Prof Vinay Pathak, vice-chancellor, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, will submit a detailed proposal to the state government, the VCs decided on Thursday.

The AKTU VC with the help of secretary (technical education) Bhuvanesh Kumar and VC of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Pashu Chikitsa Vigyan Vishwavidyalaya Evam Go Anusandhan Sansthan, Mathura, KML Pathak, will chalk out a plan for establishing the skill development university, minister Sharma said.

To mark the centenary birth anniversary of Pt Deendayal Upadhyay, one of the founders of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, universities will hold an inter-UP university sports meet to enable youngsters to learn more about team spirit.

A decision was also taken during the conference to start the next academic session from July 10 instead of the usual July 16 and declare all exam results by June 15.

The VCs also proposed a common minimum curriculum for state universities while Aadhaar will be made compulsory for admission. Virtual classroom, smart classes and e-learning will also be adopted.

Answer sheets of all exams and research work will be uploaded online while all faculty in universities and colleges will have computer labs and e-libraries.

The conference decided that all the universities should advertise the vacancies of teachers by August 15.

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