Chemistry students taking a pre-university examination in the southern Indian state of Karnataka have had exams rescheduled after the paper was leaked twice last month.
E Arunan, professor of inorganic and physical chemistry at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, says that it is not hard to plug such leaks. Arunan points to the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) used by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the Indian Institutes of Technology to determine entry to postgraduate science and engineering degrees. He was twice vice-chairman of the organising committee for the IISc GATE and tells Chemistry World that committee members have to sign a conflict of interest statement declaring that no relatives are taking the exam in the year they’re serving on the committee. Those with relatives taking the GATE exam are forbidden from writing, evaluating or even handling the test paper. ‘You never see any leaks [there]. It is not difficult to do,’ says Arunan.
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