- More than 3000 students of 20 law colleges in the eastern
Indian state of Orissa have boycotted their final university examination
and demonstrated in protest against a ban on copying.
- The students turned against teachers when they were stopped
from copying inside examination halls this week.
- Authorities called in police for help.
- "On frisking in the presence of the police, we found
almost all students carrying books and photocopied notes hidden on their
body," education official Radhanath Mishra, said from the state capital
- "We asked them to hand over all the illegally smuggled
study materials. But they did not listen to us."
- When authorities seized the smuggled notes and books
with the help of police, the students turned violent and left the examination
halls in protest.
- According to reports, students of almost all law colleges
ready to take the same examination around the state protested in a similar
way demanding they be allowed to "resort to cheating" during
- Students of the University Law College of Bhubaneswar
and Madhusudan Law College of Cuttack blocked the Calcutta-Madras national
highway for more than three hours and burnt tyres protesting against the
authority's decision to be "strict" during law exams this year.
- Angry students told the community's TV station they wanted
authorities to restart the examinations and let them continue the exams
the way they had been "for years".
- In response to a public interest litigation filed by
some activists, the state's highest court recently directed the higher
education authority to put a total ban on widespread malpractice in the
- It is believed the order from the court made the authorities
crack down on cheating.
- "For the authorities, it is not an easy job to stamp
out cheating, which seems to have become a deep-rooted tradition in law
examinations here," lawyer-activist Biswajit Mahanty said from Bhubaneswar.