New Delhi, Feb 3: The special task force, a police unit tasked with tackling organised crime, has been requested to deploy its personnel at "sensitive" exam centres for the class X and XII boards across Uttar Pradesh, a pointer to the gravity and extent of the mass-copying problem.
According to a report in "The Times of India", The task force has, however, said it cannot provide additional personnel for centres where the UP board exams will be held from February 6, but will "help" if it receives any information about examinees resorting to such methods.
Chief secretary Rajive Kumar recently issued a directive asking officials of the education department across the 75 districts to ensure armed personnel are deployed at test centres to keep mass copying in check. "In the very sensitive centres, officers of the STF be deployed as per need and exams be held without cheating," reads the order, accessed by TOI.
While the local intelligence unit of the police is usually kept in the loop about "sensitive" exam centres, the order asking the STF to be involved is believed to be first of its kind.
None of the 46 exam centres in Gautam Budh Bagar has been labelled sensitive but four of the 55 centres in neighbouring Ghaziabad have been categorised so. Three of the sensitive centres are in Loni while one is in Muradnagar. The chief secretary's order, issued on January 18, has also asked the test centre superintendents to provide to the STF any information about centres where the examinees can resort to mass copying. There have often been reports of invigilators allowing students to copy.