Students move court against university decision on re-exam

Twotudents who took the third-year Bachelor of Commerce examination last week,during which a question paper was allegedly leaked,approached the Bombay High Court on Tuesday challenging the University of Mumbai’s decision to hold a re-examination.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: April 4, 2012 12:42:46 am

Twotudents who took the third-year Bachelor of Commerce (TYBCom) examination last week,during which a question paper was allegedly leaked,approached the Bombay High Court on Tuesday challenging the University of Mumbai’s (MU) decision to hold a re-examination.

The question paper of Marketing and Human Research Management (MHRM) was allegedly leaked on March 27 at BNN College in Bhiwandi. According to the college,it had accidentally circulated the question paper of MHRM instead of Business Economics.

The students,Jayprakash Agarwal and Chetankumar Sharma from Chembur,have stated in their petition before the High Court that the re-examination would inconvenience more than 75,000 students who took the exam. The re-examination is scheduled to be held on April 11.

“The question paper of MHRM was leaked only to 40 students in Bhiwandi. No other student got the question paper. There is no need for re-examination,” the petition states.

The petition was mentioned before a bench of Justice S A Bobde and Justice Mridula Bhatkar and is likely to be heard by a division bench of the court on Wednesday.

Embarrassed by the alleged question paper leak,the university officials had decided to penalize those involved in the goof-up. MU had also stated that it would be making a recommendation to the management council to consider imposing a fine of Rs 1 lakh on the college management.

Meanwhile,Kumar Bhagwan Khaire,took over as the registrar of MU on Tuesday. Khaire’s appointment was made by by Governor K Sankaranarayanan and minister of higher and technical education Rajesh Tope on Monday following a series of goof-ups.

Khaire said though his new role would be challenging,he would perform his duty effectively. “It would be difficult to say anything at this point of time. I am trying to understand the systems.”

The post of registrar was vacant for over one-and-a half years and Dr M S Kurhade,MU’s Officer on Special Duty (OSD),served as the in-charge registrar. A new post of the director of examinations was created on Monday to ensure smooth working of the exam section and to enhance co-ordination between colleges and the university. Subhash Deo,principal of Gogate-Joglekar College at Ratnagiri was appointed to the post. The university has also placed an advertisement to fill the post of the controller of examinations within two weeks.

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