Bhopal, September 9: Several students of the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) have passed the class X and XII exam in Madhya Pradesh this year without even appearing for it. Now, the institute has written to the HRD Ministry seeking an investigation by “vigilance agencies” into irregularities. In 2017, over two lakh candidates appeared for the secondary and senior secondary-level examination held in March-April.

NIOS chairman Chandra B Sharma, while speaking to The Indian Express, said that on August 22 he recommended a detailed investigation by the Centre into the serious irregularities found across NIOS examination centres in Ratlam, Umaria and Sehore.

The NIOS is the largest Open School Board in the world. It is an autonomous institution that works under the HRD Ministry.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), while addressing a press conference on the issue in Bhopal on Friday, alleged that as many as 1,200 candidates were absent on the day of the exam and yet, when the results were out, all had cleared the exam. Documents shared by AAP’s state convenor Alok Agarwal, show that all 693 students, out of which only 19 appeared for the exam at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sagod, passed. Similar thing was reported from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sehore and Navodaya Vidyalaya, Umaria, where 351 and 175 candidates respectively were absent on the day of exam, but declared passed. The AAP has sought SIT probe into the irregularities at all NIOS centres in the state.