Kerala University, with more than eight decades of glorious existence, has been rocked by a vicious mark-rigging scandal, in a clear indication of a deeper rot engulfing it. The way in which exams are conducted, evaluations done and results published by a university is the hallmark of its credibility. In spite of the several scandals which had rocked the Kerala University so far, it had been able to preserve its integrity and merit. This credibility has taken a beating of late, underlined by the latest mark-rigging scandal.
Since 2016, the results of the examinations conducted for the BA, BBA, BCA, B Tech & B Com courses, which were safely stored in the computer files, were being manipulated by vested interests. Many failed candidates, who approached the examination controller in September 2019 for re-examination, found themselves promoted, to their utter surprise. To confirm it, they submitted an application to the controller of examinations, who promptly ordered a preliminary inquiry.
The concerned officials of the section reported to the Vice-Chancellor that indeed some manipulations have been made in the marks stored in the computer files. Instead of recognising the gravity of the issue and ordering a comprehensive investigation, the university tried to keep it under wraps. When the situation got worse and the mark-rigging scandal began to trickle out into the media, the VC ordered a detailed inquiry on November 13.