Paper leak: ‘No stay on re-exam’

Granting no interim stay on the re-examination of the third year Bachelor of Commerce paper that was allegedly leaked on March 27,the Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the University of Mumbai to set out measures to prevent such instances in the future.

Published:April 5, 2012 2:23 am

Granting no interim stay on the re-examination of the third year Bachelor of Commerce (TY BCom) paper that was allegedly leaked on March 27,the Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the University of Mumbai (MU) to set out measures to prevent such instances in the future.

The question paper of Marketing and Human Research Management (MHRM) was allegedly leaked to students at BNN College in Bhiwandi. According to the college,it had accidentally circulated the question paper of MHRM instead of the question paper of Business Economics.

Two students,Jayprakash Agarwal and Chetankumar Sharma from Chembur,had stated in their petition that the re-exam,scheduled for April 11,would inconvenience more than 75,000 students. “The question paper was leaked only to 40 students in Bhiwandi. Hence,there is no need for re-examination,” their petition stated.

The university’s counsel Rui Rodrigues,however,told the court that in this age of e-mail,a leaked paper can be sent to other students within minutes. He said the paper was distributed across wards and over 500 students had accessed it for about 25 minutes.

Accepting the university’s contention,Justices S A Bobde and Mridula Bhatkar refused to stay the re-exam. They,however,asked MU to submit an affidavit stating the measures it proposes to take for streamlining the examination process and avoiding paper leaks.

The university said it had taken a slew of measures after a report from a special committee headed by MU Dean of Commerce Dr T P Madhu Nair constituted to probe the leak. Following this,the Board of Examination had on April 1 announced a re-exam.

MU on Wednesday said the re-examination will be conducted on April 11 as scheduled. Students tried to protest outside Azad Maidan and MU’s Kalina campus but were turned away by the police and security guards.

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