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Islamia Institute in the eye of storm
By Iqbal Mohammed, Bangalore

During September 2000 about 700 students of Bangalore’s Islamia Institute of Technology sat for engineering examination at this Institute. In the course of the examination, reports reached Bangalore University that the students were resorting to mass copying and the invigilators were turning blind eye at the faulty students. These reports sparked widespread rumours that the Islamia Institute was taking recourse to rampant cheating tactics in order to bring out higher percentage results in the examinations. Public Interest litigants soon lodged complaints at the University. The University appointed a three member investigating team to probe the allegations. The investigators asserted that all answer papers of the students read alike, and showed signs that answers could have been copied from textbooks. Based on these reports of the investigators, the Bangalore University syndicate, in an unprecedented move, has now annulled the results of the examination.

As soon as the news (that the results of the exams have been annulled) reached the Islamia Institute, the students agitated demanding the University authorities to revoke the decision. They also staged a protest (by blocking the road) in front of the college located on Bannerghatta Road. The MICO layout police arrived at the scene to control the situation.

The Bangalore University did not budge from its stand. Instead the University is contemplating to make a decision to blacklist all the lecturers who were on invigilation duty at the Islamia Institute during the controversial examination. The President of the Islamia Institute of Technology (Bangalore), Mr.Bashir Ahmed claims that the Institute, during the past 17 years of its existence never resorted to any unconventional tactics in order to achieve a better academic name for itself. The charge that the Institute adopted rampant cheating tactics in order to bring out higher percentage results is not true. 

A delegation of representatives of the college management and students met Vice-Chancellor Dr.K.Siddappa and pleaded that the university adopt a sympathetic stand towards “genuine” students. The Vice-Chancellor has rejected their plea. The students of the Institute assert that the crisis remains unresolved.

There is a general feeling among the erudite citizens of Bangalore that the Islamia Institute of Technology does not stand up academically as a meritorious institute among the colleges of the Bangalore University. The decision of the University to annul its academic results has added disgrace to an already maligned image of the institution.

The teaching staff of the Institute asserts that they make extraordinary efforts to teach the academic curriculum to the students. Nevertheless the students’ performance in the examinations has been very poor. The reason they advance is that the students admitted to the institute are of low academic standard. Students of higher academic standards do not seek admission in the Institute.

Notwithstanding the justifications advocated by the academics of the Institute, there is a pressing need to improve its image in order to serve, as it claims, the Muslim students. The Institute should now deliberate on the ways and means of achieving a meritorious place in the University.

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