Mid-Western University sacks programme director for letting absent students pass exams

Kathmandu, July 6

In a rare incident of academic dishonesty, the Mid-Western University in Birendranagar of Surkhet has sacked one of its programme directors for letting absent students pass university exams by giving them the scores as he pleased.

The university says Assistant Professor Bishwa Nath Yadav, the programme director for the master’s of engineering, was found to be involved in the “unforgivable academic crime.”

The university’s Vice-Chancellor Nanda Bahadur Singh says the action was taken against Yadav after a probe team looking into reported irregularities in recent exams held him responsible.

Earlier, the university had received several complaints that claimed Yadav dismissed the scores given by subject teachers and replaced them with random marks as he pleased. Following that, the university had formed a team under the leadership of Deepak Bahadur Rawal to look into the case.

Singh says Yadav already confessed to his act and begged for forgiveness. “But, I said I couldn’t forgive him as I am committed to reforming the university.”

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Ghimire is a desk editor at Onlinekhabar.

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