CHENNAI: Anna University has decided to demote former additional controller of examinations and former deputy controller of examinations for their involvement in the 2017 marks-for-cash scam at the varsity.
According to the decision taken by the syndicate committee on Thursday, former ACOE professor S Srinivasalu and former deputy controller of examinations K Selvamani (associate professor from department of computer science) will be demoted to the level of assistant professors as the probe committee has found their involvement in the scam.
Based on the report of a one-man committee of S Kaliappan, former VC of Anna University of Technology, Tirunelveli, it was decided to cut increments of a former deputy controller of examinations against whom charges were partially proved. “The faculty members have been barred from holding any administrative posts in future,” vice-chancellor R Velraj said.
In 2019, the university suspended S Srinivasalu, K Selvamani, former deputy controller of examinations K Kulothungan, Pughazhendi Sugumaran after an in-house inquiry. It was alleged that they collected money from NRI students to award pass marks.
It was also decided to demote faculty members of constituent colleges and regional centres found to be involved in a revaluation scam along with then controller of examinations G V Uma. Geetha Ramani, a faculty member from Trichy who was terminated recently for malpractices in revaluation, will be reinstated but demoted, sources in the university said.
“Demotion is a lighter punishment considering they committed offences which were proved by multiple inquiry committees. The university terminated three faculty members including a former additional controller of examinations for a similar offence. This will set a wrong precedent,” a professor from the university said.
Meanwhile, an official from the university said, demotion gives the erring faculty members a chance to correct themselves.