Mobile jammers at exam halls across India to prevent cheating
NEW DELHI: Signal jammers will be installed in examination halls across the country, including Delhi, to prevent college and university students from cheating using cellphones and other such devices.
In a letter to all the 46 central universities, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has said examination- conducting bodies have been allowed lowpowered jammers to block radio frequency devices.
With advances in technology, cheats too have gone high-tech, using cellphones, wireless earpieces and blue-tooth devices to get answers. Many even wear transmitters to examination centres.
For the first time, jammers were used in 2015 during tests for admissions to country’s top medical and engineering colleges.
The universities, which i nclude Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jamia Millia Islamia, have been asked to get jammers in place ahead of this examination season that kicks off late March.
Responding to the cabinet secretariat’s concerns that “unauthorised manufacturers” were providing the equipment, the higher education regulator has asked all the central universities to only deal with authorised vendors.
Under the present policy, jammers can be acquired from Electronics Corporation of India Limited and Bharat Electronics Limited.
The cabinet secretariat had also suggested that the examination calendar and venues be shared with the two vendors.
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