Bihar's Public Health Engineering Department (PHED)'s provisional merit list was declared and it has left people perplexed. According to the website, a woman named Sunny Leone has topped the exam with 98.50 points. As per the official website, phed.bih.nic.in, the merit list shows 27-year-old Sunny Leone, daughter of Leona Leone as the topper of junior civil engineer exam. Surprisingly, she also has five years of work experience.
You can ask 'what's in a name'. Well, nothing, unless it is a celebrity name, and that too Sunny Leone.
Details on the website also mention that she has scored 73.50 points based on her academic performance and perfect 25 for her professional experience. Bihar PHED invited applications for the post between January 15 to 31, 2019 based on the marks in diploma in engineering. Around 17000 aspirants applied for the post but it was Sunny Leone who managed to score the highest.
Bihar opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav mounted a sharp attack on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar alleging that the state government followed a policy of "farzi topper banao, farzi naukri pao (make fake toppers, get fake job)."
"Courtesy to CM Nitish Kumar's "Farzi Topper Banao, Farzi Naukri Pao" education and recruitment policy, 'Sunny Leone' tops Bihar junior engineer merit list with 98.5 marks. Another candidate named, "BVCXZBNNB" has also made it to the top 3rd rank of the list," Mr Yadav tweeted.
He was referring to media reports that Ms Leone's name featured as the top ranker on the list of successful candidates, who had applied for 200 posts of junior engineer. The list was uploaded on the website of Public Health Engineering Departments website, the news agency PTI reported.
State minister Vinod Narayan Jha reacted to the controversy, saying that it was not the final list, and the successful candidates would have get their documents and certificates verified.
The departments special secretary Satish Chandra Mishra said he didn't know who Ms Leone was.
"I do not know who is Sunny Leone. But it does sound a name that might have been uploaded on the website by way of mischief. We will get it sorted out," PTI quoted him as saying.
Whether there is second Sunny Leone in India or someone filled the form out of sheer fun is a matter of probe.
Ashok Kumar, Joint secretary (management) of PHED Bihar told Hindustan Times, “Yes, we have received an application for the post with the name Sunny Leone whose father’s name is Leona Leone and she is born on May 13, 1991. She also claims to have a diploma of engineering with 98.5 points. However, we cannot confirm that this candidate application is genuine or not. This can be confirmed only after the process of certificate and document verification is done.”
Meanwhile, the department has given the deadline of Feb 24 to candidates to correct the erroneous information on the list and those who will be unable to prove their identity will be disqualified.