The alleged revaluation scam has rocked the Anna University, after the varsity came under the scanner for taking Rs. 10,000 per student for marks enhancement. The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-corruption unearth the marks for money scam at one of the leading varsities of Tamil Nadu. According to the report, the varsity has allegedly charged Rs. 10,000 per person for awarding extra marks to the students. The DVAC believes that thousands of engineering students paid money to get their marks enhanced – making the revaluation scam worth crores.
The early investigation in the matter has suggested that as many as 16,636 students out of the 3,02,380 students who applied for revaluation were awarded extra marks. Also, about 73, 733 students passed after applying for revaluation. Many believe that with Rs 10,000 charged per person, the amount of scam could be humongous. The scam came to the foray after ‘The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-corruption’ made a surprise check and found that marks have been awards unethically after the revaluation of answer scripts. In the primary report, as many as 10 academicians and also the former Controller of Examination, Prof. G.V. Uma has been named. Although, the exact amount and the number of students involved in the scam are not revealed but it is believed that a large number of students are involved in this scam. Incriminating evidence like copies of answer sheets and even property documents were apprehended in the inspection.
An FIR has been filed against Dr. Uma (Professor with the Department of Information Science and Technology) and other accused including Dr. P. Vijayakumar, Assistant Professor/Dean (in-charge), University College of Engineering, Tindivanam, and Dr. R. Sivakumar, Assistant Professor, University College of Engineering, Tindivanam. The FIR states, “Dr. Uma conspired with others and charged Rs. 10,000 from each student to boost the marks during revaluation.” This is not the first time that Anna University has came under scanner. In June 2012, two faculty members were accused of being harassed by top university officials into awarding extra marks during revaluation. Accused in that case, however, was acquitted after no conclusive evidence.