The incident shocked everybody when a teacher of a government college, Ankit Meheta was caught doing SMS a question and its answer to some students and a teacher just before the initiation of the examination in Gandhinagar. The incident took place when exams for semester V and VII were being conducted by the Gujarat Technological University (GTU) at various colleges across the state.
After the expose of this paper leak racket, the Tuesday’s exam has not been conducted yet. GTU officials might take a decision on this on Wednesday. According to a GTU official, “The procedure that is followed by GTU at all its exam centres is, the exam observers are given a password to unlock the online question paper section of the GTU website 40 minutes before the test begins."
Meheta, teacher at Alpha Engineering College of Ahmedabad had got the password and after getting access to the question papers gave it to the principal. He then started sending SMSes from his cell phone and sent messages to four students and a teacher of his college, named, Nirav Gadhiya. GTU officials say that all the four students take tuition from him. Mehta is a lecturer of computer and Gadhiya of Information Technology in the same college.
At the time when Meheta was sending SMSes, the principal of the government engineering college in Gandhinagar, M N Shah, snatched his mobile phone. "Mehta had by then sent a question worth six marks and was keying in another worth seven marks. In those 40 minutes the students would have enough time to prepare for these questions. We suspect that it was not first such incident," said a GTU official. Also, the GTU officials think that this racket is not only confined to four students but is much bigger.
According to GTU registrar, G P Vadodaria,” Both Mehta and Gadhiya confessed that they had sent the messages to four students of different colleges. They have given their confessions in writing. We have registered a police complaint.”