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Odishatv Bureau

New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has come up with a new decision to stop unfair means during exams.

The Commission has ordered universities and higher educational institutions to strictly comply with the government's policy during installation of jammers in exam centres to check unfair means being adopted by students.

It is worth mentioning that in 2016, the government had allowed statutory examination conducting bodies to deploy low powered jammers in examination halls in order to prevent use of unfair means through radio frequency-based devices.

"You must ensure adherence to provision of government's policy on jammers in your university or college," the commission has said in a letter to vice-chancellors and college principals.

The Commission has specified that classroom jammer model--EC-CRJ-6B5—stating that the jammers should be used at places where there is no Base Transceiver Station (BTS) within 100 metres of the site.

"Performance of jammers deployed in each examination centre will be verified before commencement of examination as effectiveness of jammers depends on various factors like its power output, signal strength of BTS, traffic load on BTS at a given point of time, distance of jammer from BTS, sensitivity of receiver, terrain, topography and line of sight etc.

Actual deployment of jammers will require prior permission of Secretary (Security) in terms of the jammer policy of the government," the UGC letter read.

The Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) and the Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), both government enterprises, have been authorised for supply of low powered jammers for deployment in examination halls, on rental basis, based on requirements furnished by the examination conducting bodies, PTI reported.

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