Four exam-related goof-ups by Mumbai University (MU) in a week has left students anxious and shocked. After several paper leaks last year,MU is yet again in the spotlight this year for dispatching wrong question papers of MSc,giving incomplete paper to TYBA students to handing over a question paper fraught with errors to third year (TY) BCom students.
The latest goof-up was on April 29 when more than 10,000 students of BCom (Accounts & Finance) found several errors in a question paper. Though the errors were corrected in around 45 minutes by supervisors at exam centres,students remain a worried lot.
Recently,TY BA students were given an incomplete French paper. On April 23,first year Master of Science (MSc) students were given Environment Science Paper IV,which was slated for April 30,instead of paper I. On April 26,second-year LLB students were handed over question papers in which the total marks added up to 108 instead of 100.
Last year,too,exam season saw goof-ups and errors,including delay in issuing hall tickets,examination centres being changed at the last minute and paper leaks. The reputation of Mumbai University is getting tarnished each year by such incidents. It is time for officials and the university administration to take action, said a former vice-chancellor of MU.
MU Pro Vice-Chancellor Dr Naresh Chandra said,The issue of wrong MSc paper being dispatched was identified and rectified within 45 minutes. We have asked for an explanation from the person concerned and action will be taken. As for other incidents,they are being blown out of proportion. The university conducts hundreds of exams and minor errors are likely. We ensure that these errors are corrected in time and action is taken against people who are responsible for major goof-ups.