Take a cue from Karnataka!

Going by the critical scenario across the country with regard to prevalent exam malpractices during recruitment drives with paper leak seems to be in vogue these days as several cases of such nature have surfaced in recent past that caused a trust deficit in the system and gave tough time to the law enforcement agencies of the country to crack the same and take action against the culprits.

It is known to one and all that implementing stringent laws against exam malpractices and recruitment scams is crucial to maintain the integrity of educational and employment systems, ensuring fair opportunities for all. Such measures can deter individuals from engaging in fraudulent activities and promote a more transparent and equitable society. The need for strict laws against exam malpractices and recruitment scams is paramount to address the growing challenges faced by the and employment sectors. These issues not only compromise the integrity of academic evaluations and recruitment processes but also undermine the foundation of a fair and merit-based system.

Broadly taking into consideration, exam malpractices include cheating, impersonation, and question paper leaks, and unfortunately all these have become pervasive across the country. Rampant cases of cheating during various competitive exams have raised concerns about the credibility of the examination system. Stringent laws are essential to curb these malpractices, instill confidence in students, and ensure that the assessment of knowledge and skills is fair and unbiased. It has been seen that recruitment scams have plagued the employment landscape, particularly in the public sector. Unscrupulous practices such as bribery, nepotism, and manipulation of selection criteria compromise the principles of meritocracy.

By enacting strict laws against recruitment scams, the government can foster a transparent and accountable hiring process, promoting equal opportunities for all qualified individuals. Moreover, the impact of these malpractices extends beyond academic institutions and job markets. It erodes public trust in the efficacy of the education and employment systems, hindering the nation's progress. Drafting laws that clearly define exam malpractices and recruitment fraud, prescribe severe penalties for offenders, and establish efficient mechanisms for investigation and prosecution is the need of the time. Rising above the party , it is time that Centre as well as various states should emulate the solution mulled by the Karnataka Government to tackle this vital issue by tabling a bill in the State Assembly proposing strict provisions of imprisonment up to 10 years and fine up to Rs 10 crore. Reportedly, provisions in the bill, titled Karnataka Public Examination (Measures for Prevention of Corruption and Unfair Means in Recruitment) Bill, 2023, also include confiscation of property. The bill if gone through will likely to provide effective measures to prevent and curb the offences of leakage of question papers and use of unfair means at public examinations for the purpose of recruitment to any posts under the state government including autonomous bodies, authorities, boards, or corporations.

Pertinent to mention that several recruitment scams were witnessed in and comprising J&K Police Sub Inspector Recruitment examination, Finance Department and Junior Engineers recruitments. The step taken by the Karnataka Government is praiseworthy and therefore made universal across the nation to curb the evil of malpractices in academics and recruitment processes.