IT-Kgp ignored CVC advice way back in '07
2006 JEE Scam: Despite Warning, Institute Ruled Out Probe Into Bungling In JEE
Akshay Mukul, TNN, October 28, 2010
NEW DELHI: Though the (CVC) had forwarded allegations about malpractices in JEE-2006 to Damodar Acharya, director of IIT-Kharagpur, way back in 2007, the institute did not feel the need to order a probe. Instead, IIT Kharagpur told the HRD ministry that "as per conduct rule of the institute no employee is permitted to publish any article anonymously or in the name of any other person to any newspaper or periodical."
The then registrar D Gunasekaran was referring to the source material that was the basis of allegation about the bungling in JEE-2006. To make matters worse, IIT-Kharagpur also did not inform — as was unearthed later — the ministry that the JEE answer sheets and other materials were already destroyed in 2006.
Gunasekaran said action be taken against the author of the source material. TOI reported last week how Prof A K Ghosh, who was then the chairperson of IIT-JEE, Kharagpur, had sought permission for shredding of JEE papers in 2006. Ghosh was also Chief Vigilance Officer of the institute. Early this year, Ghosh in a reply to an RTI query even stated, "During my tenure as CVO of IIT, Kharagpur I haven't received any queries from CVC regarding irregularities in JEE 2006."
The source material forwarded by CVC had alleged that there were many cut-off procedures submitted by IIT-Kharagpur, but none of which could calculate stated cut-off marks due to a slew of discrepancies. For instance, many high scoring candidates failed to make the grade while many with lower scores, strangely, got selected. Irregularities came to the fore regarding manual corrections and tampering of chemistry scripts, andchildren of IIT administrators scoring high marks.
IIT-Kharagpur has been averse to the as is evident from this entire episode. Even last month, when asked to supply all communications along with the action taken report and file notings, in deference to all communications received by IIT-Kharagpur from CVC and CVO/MHRD, A Patra, principal information officer of the institute, asked RTI applicant , "If you desire to have information regarding proceedings of CVC, CVO/MHRD, against individuals and the ATR thereon, would you explain why such information are required in larger public interest."
Section 6(2) of RTI Act 2005 clearly states, "An applicant making request for information shall not be required to give any reason for requesting the information."Hindustan Times :: 23 October 2010
IIT-KGP 'tainted' prof details seeked
Charu Sudan Kasturi, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, October 22, 2010
The human resource development ministry has asked the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, for an explanation over allegations that a senior professor used the IIT campus and brand to run an institute offering invalid degrees. HT had first reported on October 19 about police investigations against IIT Kharagpur aerospace engineering professor Amit Kumar Ghosh for running the fake institute — called the Institute ofElectrical Engineers — as president.
But fresh documents available with HT suggest that Ghosh also had a cover-up route ready — thanks to the post of Chief Vigilance Officer that the IIT bestowed on him. The CVO is an institution’s chief watchdog against corruption and Ghosh was effectively in charge of stopping crimes like the running of the IEE at the time he was himself allegedly duping innocent students into joining the fake institute.
IIT Kharagpur also allowed Ghosh to jointly hold the CVO post and the post of chairman IIT Joint when the test was under the scanner from late 2006 over allegations that deserving candidates were denied seats.
This conflict of interest, coupled with the shocking new revelations about Ghosh, have triggered fresh concerns among faculty, parents and independent transparency seekers about the credibility of the IIT’s internal probe into allegations of admission wrongdoing in 2006.
“The charges against Ghosh are so severe that they force one to question the credibility of the probe into the 2006 fiasco,” said a senior professor who has been campaigning for years for greater transparency in the conduct of IIT-JEE.
Ghosh took over as IIT-JEE 2007 chairman after the controversial 2006 examination in which 994 deserving candidates were denied seats because the violated their own selection process. But Ghosh, as JEE Chairman, was personally involved in tackling allegations that arose after the 2006 examination, documents available with HT confirm. As JEE chairman, he oversaw the destruction of answer scripts of the 2006 examinations in December. One of the key allegations that year surrounded charges that chemistry answer scripts had been tampered post examination – a charge that cannot be proved or disproved now because the answer scripts have been destroyed.