Indian college student surgically implants Bluetooth device into own ear to cheat in final exam

Facade of the medical school. (Photo: Facebook Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College)

It was the last chance for the young man to pass his final medical exam, after 10 consecutive years of failing it.

(INDIA – AP).- A medical student in India has come under scrutiny after he was allegedly caught cheating with a micro Bluetooth device believed to be surgically implanted into his ear, a college official said.

The events took place on Monday, February 21st, when it was the student’s final attempt to clear the exam after repeatedly failing it since getting admission into the college 11 years ago.

The student of the private medical college was taking the exam at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College when he was found with a mobile phone in the inner pocket of his trouser which was connected to a Bluetooth device, Dr Sanjay Dixit, dean at the medical college declared to the press.

But they were not able to recover the Bluetooth device while frisking the student, whose name has not been revealed by the college.

“He was taking the General Medicine exam on Monday with 13 others when a university squad of the Devi Ahilya Bai University came for a surprise check and they found one student with a mobile phone and another with some Bluetooth device,” said Dr Dixit.

“The devices have been confiscated and their answer sheets were seized. They were given new answer sheets,” he said.

After questioning by the college officials, one official reportedly said that he had a skin-coloured micro Bluetooth device fixed in his ear by an ENT surgeon..

Another student was caught with a small SIM-powered device and a micro Bluetooth device, but told college authorities that it was not surgically inserted and can be removed with a pin.

Dr Dixit stated that the students had purposefully concealed these devices because they were asked to submit all the electronics items to the invigilators.

An internal investigation has begun in the matter by the university examination committee and devices have been sent for examination.

After the conclusion of the investigation it would be determined whether the case merits a police case for using unfair means in an exam, deputy registrar Rachna Thakur who was with the squad told the newspaper.

Renu Jain, vice chancellor of the invigilator squad that caught the two students, told PTI: “We think these microphones were surgically fitted in the ears of both the students. Cases have been prepared against both the students. A committee of DAVV will take a decision in this regard.”

Dr Anand Rai, the whistleblower in the Vyapam scam, said: “It is very easy to get Bluetooth fitted in the ears. It is attached to the ear temporarily and can be removed. Such a technique was used by a Vyapam scam accused too to clear his medical exam eight years ago.”

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