'RGUHS marks processing not foolproof'

 
A three-member committee headed by S M Jayakar, appointed to inquire into alleged tampering final MBBS examination marks in July 2009 has noticed several loopholes in the entire process of marks database editing. It has found that any person can access the database, alter the marks and upload it on the website. Jayakar is professor of prosthodontics in AECS Maruthi Dental College. Copies of the inquiry report were distributed to members of the Legislative Council in reply to a question by JD(U) member M P Nadagouda, on Monday.

Sandeep T and George K, students of MVJ College in Hoskote had obtained admission to internship in the college by producing marks cards downloaded from the website. The results on the university’s website showed them to have passed the exam, while they had, in actuality, failed.

The committee, which verified each step followed by the University staff to upload the marks to the website, suspected that marks were altered in the database before the last modification of the data. However, log file was not maintained to identify the person who modified the data.

It was found by the committee that the student clerk in the MVJ college permitted the students take admission for internship on the basis of website-generated marks card though he was well aware that they had failed in the exams.

It has recommended the university to change the login password of computers in the marks processing centre, every month. The software now being used should be configured suitably so as to detect edits to the database. As of now the software vendor does editing of the marks database. The committee said that only the university staff should be allowed to edit the marks database.

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