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Two suspended after law paper leak in Lucknow varsity



Lucknow: Two Lucknow University law teachers were suspended after six audio clips went viral in which two male voices can be heard leaking questions of the LL.B semester III examination.

The examination has been cancelled post the incident.

The crackdown followed just hours after the audio clips went viral in which two male voices can be heard leaking questions to a woman, ahead of the examination.

The voices are suspected to be of two law faculty members and the female voice is being allegedly attributed to the chairperson of a medical college, who is also enrolled as a student of LL. B third semester.

Later on Wednesday night, an FIR was registered at Hasanganj police station against three persons.

Lucknow University police outpost in charge, Abhay Kumar Singh, said, “Richa Mishra and Ashok Kumar have been named in the FIR and the third accused is still unidentified. We are yet to match the voice in the audio clips. We have launched a probe after registering a case under Uttar Pradesh Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act, 1998.”

The incident has snowballed into a huge controversy for Lucknow University which is celebrating its centenary year.

Officiating Vice-Chancellor S K Shukla told reporters at a hurriedly convened press conference that several question papers of the third semester exam conducted in the first week of December had been leaked.

Shukla announced that two teachers were suspended because prima facie evidence (audio clip) points to their involvement.

“After hearing audio clips, it is clear that questions of several papers of LL.B semester III were leaked, compromising the sanctity of the exam process. Fresh dates of the exam will be announced later,” he said.

A two-member committee comprising Prof (retired) SK Dwiwedi and former controller of examinations Prof (retired) Chaman Mehrotra has been formed to probe the paper leak.

Shukla said that he would request the state government to order a CB-CID probe.

He said that a fine of Rs 5 lakh has been imposed on the LU-affiliated private law college and it has been blacklisted as an examination centre. “We also sought CCTV footage and DVR tapes from the college, but nothing was found due to a glitch in cameras,” said Shukla.


UP open university begins courses on CAA, Article 370




Prayagraj: The Uttar Pradesh Rajashri Tandon Open University (UPRTOU), the only open university in the state, has decided that the Citizenship Amendment Act and Article 370 will be a part of the syllabus of a new three-month certificate course.

According to Prabhat Mishra, public relation officer of UPRTOU: “The new course has come into force on January 10 and the admissions have already begun. The fee for the course is Rs 700. There is no limit to the number of students taking admission.”

The courses will explain to the students the provisions and implication of abrogation of Article 370 and the Citizenship Amendment Act. “It is important for the youth to understand the truth behind the misinformation campaign being run by vested interests,” said Mishra.

Vice Chancellor of the Open University, Professor Kameshwar Nath Singh, said: “No institution can remain aloof from the issues and policies of the country. There is immediate need to remove the fog of misconceptions surrounding the two burning issues-CAA and Article 370. It is the moral duty of the university to spread awareness among students and others in order to clear the fog.”

He said that the eligibility for the awareness course was intermediate and one can register online for the course. This can be done alongside any other course in the university.

UPRTOU runs courses based on the current issues of society. Students will be given assignments during the course, on the completion of which, certificates will be distributed to them,” the Vice Chancellor added.

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