Bangalore University (BU) conducted dual exams in June and July for eighth semester engineering students just to help some high-profile students. The documents available with DNA show that university authorities, including the then vice-chancellor N Prabhu Dev, then registrar (evaluation) TR Subramanya and principal of University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) KR Venugopal favoured some high-profile students and advanced the examinations of eight semester engineering courses to help them.
DNA got hold of copies of documents relating to the two exams conducted by BU for the same semester at UVCE.
In order to favour three high-profile students, university authorities neglected the future of 83 students who gave a representation to the vice-chancellor and principal, requesting to conduct the exams as per the schedule.
On May 8, 2012 just a day after the notification issued by the university about advancement of exams, 83 eight semester Electrical and Electronics students submitted a representation to the vice-chancellor and requested not to advance the exams, providing genuine reasons. But the request was neglected by the university authorities.
According to the documents, the first person who should held responsible for conducting two exams for the same semester is Venugopal. On May 23, 2012, Venugopal wrote a letter to the vice-chancellor on behalf of the three students who got admissions at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and recommended to conduct the final semester exams before June 15, 2012 just to help them.
The high-profile students included Samarth Bharani, son of former police officer Subash Bharani and Priyanka Mohanty, relative of Pranab Mohanty, joint commissioner (crime west). The third student was Nithya Santoshi K. The first two students got seats at IIM-Ahmedabad while the third one got a seat at IIM-Lucknow. As per IIM rules, the last date for them to join IIM was June 18, 2012 and the students had to complete all final semester examinations before that.
“The original schedule of exams for eighth semester engineering courses at UVCE was July 9, 2012. Later, it was advanced to June 8, 2012 which was even before the completion of working days. Following the opposition by students, the university conducted the same exam twice, once in June and again in July but results were out on same date,” said a professor at UVCE.
According to the documents, many professors opposed the decision to advance the exam. DNA published a detailed report on this in its September 6, 2012 edition.