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Bihar: Not allowed to cheat in exams, students go on rampage
Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna
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February 02, 2008 23:15 IST

Hundreds of law students in Bihar went on the rampage on Saturday after being denied the use of unfair means in their law examination.

Angry students, appearing for LLB part III, went on the rampage in Patna, Gaya and Sasaram districts, when they were not allowed to use unfair means in the examination.

Official sources in the Education Department confirmed that students in the exam centre at Jagjivan Ram College in Gaya, TPS College in Patna and Sher Shah College in Sasaram, district headquarters of Rohtas district, went on the rampage and boycotted the examination.

"After authorities deployed at the examination center, including police officials, did not allow the students to carry books, copies and mobile phones inside the exam hall, the students turned violent, shouted slogans and boycotted the exam," a senior official of the Education Department said on Saturday.

"It was a firm decision of the state government not to allow unfair means in examinations" said Bihar Education Minister Brishen Patel.

In Sasaram, for the second consecutive day, students boycotted the law exam. Some of the students fired in the air to create panic among the college staff.
Later, they set the office and other classrooms in the college on fire, damaged furniture and threatened the college staff of dire consequence. Sources said that out of 344 students, only one girl appeared in the examination on Saturday.

In Gaya, students demanded the right to use unfair means in the examination on Saturday but were not allowed to do so by the local administration.
"It led to a heated exchange between the students and administration officials. Later, the students went on a rampage and damaged college property," college sources said.

In all three colleges, students expected to be allowed to use unfair means as they had not attended a single class and the syllabus had not been completed in time. "How can we give the exams without using unfair means," was their angry query.
In Bihar, the use of unfair means in examinations is a rampant practice. Not only students, parents also demand the right to use such means during examinations.

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