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NVC recovers bounced cheques from TU body

KATHMANDU, DEC 18 - The National Vigilance Centre (NVC) has recovered two bounced cheques from the Office of the Controller of Examination (OCE), Tribhuvan University.

A three-member investigation committee formed by the anti-graft body under the Prime Minister's Office to probe the discovery of 43 fake students from Tri-Chandra (TC) College during NVC's surprise visit at OCE found two cheques amounting to Rs 85,000. The cheques were issued by Xavier International College on September 17.

OCE officials, according to investigation officers, made no complain because of their 'alliance' with the college administration. "We have found many bounced cheques," said Sher Bahadur Dhungana, coordinator of the probe team.

The NVC has found several irregularities committed by the OCE and revealed that the TU's exam body has been allowing fake students to take the exams. The preliminary investigation concluded that all the 43 students, who attended the exam of Sociology Master's II year from TC were fake. Those students were recommended to sit for the exam with the signature of TC's assistant campus chief sans their admission. The college administration, however, has denied of making such recommendations.

"We have come to know that all the fake students were in the exam centre at same hall in Pashupati Campus and were allowed to cheat," Dhungana said. The investigation has found the involvement of the Free Student Union, leaders of Nepal Students Union and All Nepal National Free Student Union as well as officials from TC and OCE in the case.

Photos of two different persons were too found pasted in the application form and the entrance card. None of the fake students has completed Bachelor's degree and some of their certificates, obtained in India, seems duplicate, said Dhungana.

"This case is just the tip of the iceberg," he said. "If such trend continues, the certificates issued by TU will not be recognised by foreign universities." The probe team is all set to submit its detail report in a week.

Posted on: 2012-12-19 08:24

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