PATNA: In the backdrop of a fuming situation and a controversy around his functioning, the chairman of the Bihar’s secondary examination board (BSEB) Mr Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh has resigned from his position after he was served the show-cause notice by the Education department.
There were a couple of changes to the executive department of the board as Anand Kishor, an IAS officer of 1996 batch took over as the new Chairman of the examination board. Also, Mr Anup Kumar Sinha, deputy director of the Higher Education, has been made BSEB secretary in place of Harihar Nath Jha.
The Show-cause notice served to Lalkeshwar Prasad by the Director of the Education Department questioned the chairman to explain why he should not be removed following his involvement in the irregularities of the Topper’s scam. He was given 24 hours to respond on the notice. However, sources said that Mr Prasad went underground after resigning from his position.
Lalkeshwar’s role in the Topper’s scam has been highlighted after an investigation, which has found that the chairman has shown special interest in matters related to the Vishun Roy junior college in Vaishali. It has been reported that Mr Lalkeshwar had the final say on selecting the examination center for Vishun Roy college. Sources said that the chairman had even influenced the officials to bring answer sheets of Vishun Roy college to Balak High School, Rajendra Nagar, Patna for evaluation.
Officials said that the Chairman had visited the evaluation center many a times during the evaluation process and also pointed out that he has formed a judicial committee, without taking consent from the education department after the controversy over the Topper scam surfaced.
Speaking to the media, State Education Minister Ashok Chowdary said “VR College has been on the radar for the last two year. Because of a few people and colleges like these, meritorious students are getting affected. But, i assure that such incidents will not be repeated in future and all those who are involved in the scandal will be heavily punished”.