|Shirts with transmitters and lapel microphones help Indian medical students cheat
Medical students in India are devising ingenious ways to cheat at the final year exams, including shirts fitted with button scanners and lapel microphones, mobile phones devoid of the outer shell and scanners in finger rings, media reports said today.
Invigilators of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences have recently uncovered a student clad in a custom-made shirt fitted with electronic devices such as lapel microphone and an electric circuit inside the collar, the Times of India reports. Answers to the exam candidate had been transmitted from Hyderabad.
The university registrar told the paper, the shirt/vest is stitched with a radio frequency transmitter the size of a matchbox, while in the collar, a lapel mike the size of a finger nail is fitted. “The answers are transmitted via bluetooth earphone. The battery lasts for four hours," the registrar N.S. Ashok Kumar said.
The hi-tech shirts are also changing hands for 190,000 rupees (HK$27,047), the paper said.
University officials said answers are transmitted from hostels and sometimes from other cities. “Often if there is a problem during transmission, the students get nervous. Their body language gives them away.’’
The paper details some of the cheating methods:
Scanners: These come fitted in pens, fingers, buttons, spectacles or caps (students even shave their heads before exams to wear the caps)
Earplugs and mikes: Bluetooth ones like earplugs (usually in skin color) to transmit answers, micro earphones, spy earphones, lapel microphones, mobile phone sans outer shell
Custom made mobile: Mobile fitted with a strap neatly to the wrist, or magnet fitted mobile to fix under the writing table
Radio Frequency (RF) transmitter: A small matchbox shaped sound transmitter fitted at the rear of the pant acts as a powerful battery. Operated box runs on radio frequency which can easily transmit answers with crystal clear sound from any part of the country to the exam hall
The modus operandi
At the exam hall the student scans the paper using scanners that can be fitted anywhere - in pens, shirt buttons, finger rings or in spectacles too! Through a bluetooth device, the question paper is transmitted to the points person outside the hall Using radio frequency (RF) transmitters and table mike, the answers are dictated to the student The student in the hall receives the answers through earplugs The bluetooth devices like earphones come in skin colour, with antenna the size of a strand of hair, making them almost impossible to detect.