PATNA: A college in Bihar scissored the full-sleeve shirts of the girl students before allowing them to enter the examination hall in their bid to put a check on use of unfair means in the examination.
The incident took place at an examination centre in Muzaffarpur district on Saturday. The centre was holding the nursing entrance examination being conducted by the Bihar Combined entrance Competitive Examination Board.
Hundreds of girl students who had come to appear at the examinations were shocked and shattered when they were stopped at the entrance point and had their full sleeve shirts ripped off with scissors or shaving blades by the officials.
Quite many of the examinees broke down and were seen covering their ripped-off sleeves with their long scarves to escape embarrassment.
Local TV grabs showed the college staffs wielding scissors and razor blades in hands, and ruthlessly cutting the full-sleeve dresses of the girls before allowing them to enter inside. Many were found carrying the ripped-off sleeves in their hands. Quite many students registered protests but they fell on deaf ears.
As the entire act sparked protests, the examination department authorities in a swift action have now blacklisted the college for conducting any examination in future.
“The intention of the move was not questionable but the candidates were made to resize their clothes in full public view. Anyway, we have taken the matter very seriously and college in question has been blacklisted,” a senior education department official Lalan Prasad Singh told the media on Monday.
He added the whole purpose of the exercise was to put a check on use of unfair means in the examination. According to him, the students had already been told in advance to come to the examination centre in half-sleeve shirts.
The eastern Indian state has been notorious for cheating at the examination. In February this year, around 1,000 students were expelled for using unfair means during the class 10 examination conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board.
In February 2016 army candidates were made to sit in under garments to take a written exam under an open sky during a recruitment day in Muzaffarpur district while in 2015, parents were seen clambering the multi-storyed building of an examination centre to pass on chits to their children during the matriculation examination.
In 2016 three top grade 12 students were arrested after they failed to answer simple questions in subjects in which they had already passed.
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