Mo­bile jam­mers at exam halls across In­dia to pre­vent cheat­ing

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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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