Pune: College conducts exam during lockdown, FIR registered against directors, 13 others

Students appear for exam at a college in Talegaon during lockdown
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Talegaon Dabhade, June 12, 2020: An important decision was made to close schools and colleges before the lockdown began. So naturally, all the exams were cancelled. Meanwhile, a shocking matter has come to light that the examination was conducted by Snehavardhak Mandal Junior College of Science and Commerce at Balvikas School in Talegaon Dabhade in Maval taluka.

The Tehsildar of Wadgaon Maval raided the school today. At that time, the examinations of the eleventh class commerce department were underway. A case has also been registered against 14 persons including the board of directors of the college and headmaster, exam supervisor and three teachers of the school. They have been charged for violation of lockdown rule and relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act.

Tehsildar Madhusudan Barge had received a complaint that all the schools and colleges were closed in the lockdown and no decision was taken about the examinations. The test was being conducted from 9 am to noon for those who failed in the 11th commerce department, said Talegaon Police Inspector Amar Waghmode.

For today’s paper, 33 students were notified of the exam by sending a message on WhatsApp, out of which 27 students were forced to appear for the exam. The matter came to the notice of the administration when a paper was conducted yesterday (June 11). The Tehsildar had also received information that the FYJC paper would be held today. The trap was set accordingly today. As soon as the paper started, the Tehsildar conducted a raid with the help of the police. Then this shocking thing came to light.

Talegaon Municipal Council CEO Deepak Zinjad and school board administrative officer MS Gawde were also present when the raid was conducted. After the raid, the officials were being pressurized to settle the matter. However, the matter reached the Chief Minister’s office and finally, an FIR was registered against 14 persons.