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Mid-West University fired 2 lecturers over exam irregularities

Two lecturers at Mid-West University were fired on Monday for professional misconduct.

Sujan Pant was fired after he was found guilty of leaking exam questions, and Bishwanath Yadav was fired after he was found guilty of awarding grades to students without performing examinations, according to the institution.

On at least two times, Pant, a lecturer at the university’s School of Law, had leaked the exam questions. Three months ago, he leaked the questions for the Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Legislative Law (BA LLB) exams. Pant was found sharing exam questions for two topics in the most recent occurrence, according to the university, in June.

Meanwhile, Yadav, the director of the master’s program at the School of Engineering, was seen giving students practical marks without testing them and ignoring the subject lecturers. He had given 13 Master of Engineering Construction Management and Master of Structural Engineering students full marks.

At a virtual press conference on Tuesday, Nanda Bahadur Singh, the university’s vice-chancellor, said, “They were involved in illegal conduct.” “After our investigation committee determined that the charges against them were true, we decided to fire them.”

This isn’t the first time that Nepal’s higher education institutions have been tarnished by unethical behavior.

In July 2019, a senior official from the Tribhuvan University’s Office of the Controller of Examinations was caught on multiple occasions boosting the marks of a master’s student.

Ram Bahadur Karmacharya, the chief of the Confidential Department at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, had bribed Surendra Koirala, a student at Patan Multiple Campus, to inflate his grades.

Karmacharya inflated Surendra’s test results in five subjects from 5 to 60 marks, according to an investigation by the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority. The most significant score manipulation was discovered in one of the economics topics, when Koirala’s original score of 9 was modified to 69.

Karmacharya’s actions aided Koirala in obtaining three degrees.

Similarly, the Tribhuvan University Service Commission was revealed to have tampered with test scores in order to give jobs to families of prominent officials and professors in June 2019. Later, the test was canceled.

Binay Kusiyait, a professor at Tribhuvan University, told the Post, “This is an example of declining professional ethics among our academics.” “Academicians, who have the power to shape the lives of hundreds of students, must refrain from engaging in criminal actions. In our country, however, this is not the case.”

Also, while giving affiliations to private colleges, officials from a university were found to be engaging in professional misconduct.

The Lumbini Buddhist University had granted affiliations to colleges in violation of the law, according to a review conducted by the University Grants Commission in 2017.

Despite the fact that the university was founded to promote Buddhist philosophy, literature, and culture, it has awarded affiliations to engineering and basic scientific institutions despite having little expertise in those fields.

The study discovered that the institution worked under duress and pressure, as well as engaging in anomalies when it came to giving affiliations.

“Irregularities and malpractices in institutions cannot be managed as long as there is politicization,” says Tanka Nath Sharma, a lecturer at Kathmandu University.

Source – The Kathmandu Post

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