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Meritocracy in Cochin University

Failed Student gains admission to prestigious university in Kerala

# Committee constituted to conduct check on admissions
# Panel to look into admissions to School of Engineering and Cochin University College of Engineering
# First-year B.Tech. student gains admission without appearing for CAT

KOCHI: The Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) on Monday decided to seek a police inquiry into the allegation that a B.Tech. student had gained admission to its School of Engineering illegally.

A Syndicate sub-committee recommended to the Vice-Chancellor that the police investigate the issue. Based on this suggestion, the university authorities have decided to hand over all documents related to the case to the police.

The issue came to light after it was found that a first-year B.Tech. student had gained admission without appearing for the Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by the university for its various academic programmes. The student had also received the admit card for the first-year examination.

The Vice-Chancellor has now constituted a committee to conduct a "reality check" on all students' admissions at the School of Engineering and Cochin University College of Engineering, Pulinkunnu, during the last five years.

Pro-Vice Chancellor N.D. Inasu will be the chairman of the committee. Other members of the committee include K. Sajan, Director, International Relations and Academic Admissions (IRAA) and P.S. Sreejith, Head, Mechanical Engineering Division, School of Engineering.

The Principals of the School of Engineering and the Cochin University College of Engineering have been asked to extend all support to the committee members during the scrutiny.

The committee will verify the admission list of the IRAA unit and the admission registers maintained at the two colleges. It will also verify the attendance register for teachers on both campuses.

According to the terms of reference, the committee will inquire into the receipt regarding remittance of admission and examination fee. It will also verify admission number in all the documents kept at both the colleges. The committee will also go into the functioning of the university examination wing responsible for the issue of hall tickets to students of the School of Engineering and the Cochin University College of Engineering.

Meanwhile, employees affiliated to the Cochin University Employees Union staged a dharna in front of the university administrative building in protest against the suspension of a few officials in connection with the B.Tech admission issue. They alleged that the university authorities were trying to save their face by initiating action against a few officials. Six employees were suspended on Saturday based on the recommendation made by a Syndicate sub-committee probing the admission issue.


Seven suspended in admission scam

18 June, 2006 ,  PTI

Kochi,Jun 17: Seven persons, including the Principal of the School of Engineering of the Cochin University of Science and Technology Dr P T Rajan Nambiar, have been suspended in connection with an admission scam in the engineering college, official sources said today.

The scam relates to the admission of a 12th standard student, T Sreelakshmi, who failed to clear her plus two examination, managing an engineering seat in the college last year. The student's name did not figure in the rank list of the common admission test of CUSAT,the sources said.

The university has suspended the student, cancelled the examinations she has written and has ordered a detailed enquiry into the incident.

The others who were suspended are : Assistant Registrar of the school of engineering, C V Sreedevi, Section officer, I Johnson, Assistant, Jayalakshmi, Examinations department section officer, V Sheela, Assistant, B K Bijoy and security guard M K Venugopal. The sources said.