Patna: The Bihar Intermediate Education Council examinations have been marked by chaos and mismanagement as 171 students were allegedly caught cheating and expelled in a single day on Thursday.

Bihar School Examination Board secretary Lalan Jha said, “With the help of district administration, examinations are being conducted peacefully in the state. 171 students were expelled on charges of cheating.”

According to department officials, around 50 invigilators have been changed in several districts including Patna and Muzaffarpur. An FIR has also been lodged against 10 centre superintendents.

Some reports said even policemen were seen helping students to cheat.

Central University issue on boil

Hundreds of people staged protest at Patna’s Kargil Chowk to press their demand for setting up of a Central University in Motihari.

Protesters alleged that Centre’s decision to set up the university in Gaya instead of Motihari is an insult to Mahatma Gandhi as he had launched his first freedom movement from here.

The Union HRD ministry and Bihar government have been locked in a conflict since 2009 over the location of the Central University issue. While Nitish Kumar has been insistent on Motihari for the university, the HRD Ministry has been of the view that such a location would hardly attract quality faculty or students therefore, setting up a central university near Gaya international airport would be more feasible.