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Students caught carrying cellphones at exam centres will be summarily expelled, warn Bihar officials

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PATNA: Hell-bent on conducting fair exams at all costs, authorities in Bihar have warned of summarily expelling matriculation examinees if caught carrying cell phones at the examination centres. The weeklong exam begins from March 11.

“Previously, the examinees were being prevented from carrying cheats at the exam centres but this time they will not be allowed to carry cell phones with them as well…Those caught with mobiles will be summarily expelled,” Bihar School Examination Board chairman Prof Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh told the media today.

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Apart from this, the officials have installed 4,400 CCTV cameras at all 1,309 exam centres across the state to keep a watch on examinees and conduct cheat-free examination. CCTV cameras have also been installed outside the exam centres to keep track of the crowds of guardians, close relatives and friends.

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The move is aimed at changing the image of the state infamous for mass copying in exams. Last year, an image of the guardians and family members clambering up to the walls of an exam centre located in Vaishali district and passing on cheats to the examines had gone viral in the media, earning much embarrassment to the state.

Eager to get back its lost glory, authorities had made an impassioned appeal to the students in Vaishali last week, urging the students to refrain from cheating and set a high standard for the society. The appeal was made through advertisements inserted in local newspapers.

“As you are aware, Vaishali district is known as the mother of truth, non-violence and republic, ‘karm-bhoomi’ (working place) of Buddha and also the birth-place of Mahavira. Last year, mass cheating in the (matriculation) examinations had tarnished the image of the district. Now, we appeal you to set a high standard in the society by helping the local administration conduct a fair examination,” said the advertisement.

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