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Digitalisation gave wings to Vyapam scam

Posted on: December 24, 2015

The Narendra Modi government has launched digital India with the objective of strengthening the youth and the country as a whole through technological means. Ironically, it was the digitalisation that turned small examination frauds into what has now come to be known as Vyapam scam, the country’s biggest examination and recruitment racket, having affected careers of thousands of young girls and boys. There is no record of how many of them must have ended their lives in sheer frustration. (Vyapam or Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal – Professional Examinations Board in English – is responsible for conducting professional examinations.)

Dr Anand Rai, an Indore-based ophthalmologist who has played an important role in exposing the Vyapam scam, explains the traditional methods of cheating as ‘impersonation’ and ‘engine and bogey system’. In the first the admit card of a candidate is used by replacing the photograph of the candidate with that of the impersonator. In the ‘engine and bogey system’ the person appearing in the test is strategically seated between two candidates by the Board officials and he/she can copy from their sheets. The Board officials, examiners and impersonators are paid hefty amounts.

Then a third method was evolved by Vyapam officials to help the paying candidates; they were asked to leave their answer sheets blank and were given high percentages after the exam. Later on the records were changed or destroyed.

However, this all changed with the digitalisation. There was no need for assembling impersonators or making seating arrangements in the exam hall. Just the name of the candidate who has appeared was replaced with the scam beneficiary with high marks (according to the money paid) in the excel sheets. This turned out to be so simple a method for getting ‘one’s own candidates’ selected that chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan took the recruitment in several departments out of the jurisdiction of the State Public Service Commission and entrusted it to Vyapam in 2007. 

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