Indian Studies Department involved in another scandal
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 05, 2009, 20:10
Kuala Lumpur: The Indian Studies Department of the University Malaya (UM), which was tangled in a leadership crisis recently, is reported to be involved in more mess now with new scandals emerging, news reports said on Wednesday.

Investigations have found misconduct in the marking of PhD thesis papers and the higher number of students being awarded first class honours degree at the department, local papers said.

UM vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Ghauth Jasmon said the issue is "something that could not be accepted. This has happened for a long time and it seems that the faculty is not capable of correcting it," he wrote in a report submitted to the Higher Education Minister.

"After assessing the situation of the department, I have made a conclusion that this department, with its current leadership, is not capable of correcting this unacceptable situation."

The local English Daily The Star's Malay language news portal mStar said that in the report, Dr Ghauth had attached the statistics of bachelor's degree honoured by the department that has showed a 50 per cent increase.

In 2006/07 session, the number of graduates with first class honours was more than 64 per cent.

Dr Ghauth also said an investigation by the Literature and Social Science Faculty dean found the examiners of the PhD thesis papers were from two universities in India. He said one of the examiners, who was appointed to supervise this, was forced to complete his report in three days. He said they have suggested that the thesis papers be re-checked.

The crisis at the Institute grabbed headlines a few weeks ago when its head, an ethnic Indian, was removed and a non-Indian named in his place.

This led to protests by Indians including the head of the largest ethnic Indian political party, Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) Samy Vellu.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, August 05, 2009, 20:10

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