The National Vigilance Centre (NVC) has directed the Tribhuvan University to cancel its MA English first year Linguistics and Literature exams and take action against professors involved in breaching the privacy of examination.
The anti-graft body directly supervised by the Prime Minister’s Office has also warned the concerned bodies, including the Office of the Controller of Examinations (OCE), not to repeat the mistake and adopt efficient means while conducting examinations in future.
The NVC fiat follows a weeklong investigation and consultations with stakeholders on the negligence while issuing the question paper.
The study has found that the question paper for the Linguistics and Literature exam held on September 9 was the same as the one used during an internal examination at the TU central campus three months ago.
The NVC investigated the matter after media reports of the negligence in preparing the question sets. Probes at the Central Department of English and the OCE and consultations with other stakeholders found that there was a severe breach of examination privacy in the case, the NVC said in a statement.
The directives were issued as per the Clause 38 of the Corruption Prevention Act (2002). Despite the order, the OCE is yet to decide whether or not to cancel the exams.
“We haven’t formally received the directives from the NVC and the decision will be taken only after studying them,” said Exam Controller Daya Man Bajracharya.