By: Dipti Singh
THE Board of Examination (BoE) of Mumbai University, in a meeting to be held on Thursday, will decide the fate of 741 students who had appeared for the paper that was leaked on April 4.
While the university changed the question paper at the last minute as soon as the matter came to light, two centres – Vikhroli and Andheri – allegedly failed to get the university’s message on time and conducted the exam by distributing the first paper.
Around 64,000 students had appeared for the sixth semester third-year BCom paper on Marketing and Human Resources Management (MHRM), which was leaked on about an hour before the exam.
A member of BoE said that after the paper leak was confirmed, the university’s exam department informed all the 223 exam centres not to distribute the first paper that they had received. A new paper was then sent to the exam centres, based on which the exams were conducted.
The university’s controller of examinations (CoE), Padma Deshmukh, was first alerted about the leak. The caller shared the code of the question paper with her and told her that the paper was available on WhatsApp. Once Deshmukh matched the code with the question paper that had been uploaded earlier in the day, she decided to upload a new question paper on the weblink. Information about the leak apparently came from Kalyan, and university authorities suspect the leak happened there.
At 10.35 am, principals were sent a text message that read, “Dear principal, note: TYBCOM (216) (Sem-VI) (CBSGS) new paper is going to be uploaded, so please wait till you get new message, and do not use old paper. (URGENT) Thanks!”
“While all the centres received the message and conducted the exam with the second question paper, two centres, where 741 students appeared, did not heed the university communication and conducted the exam with the first question paper that was leaked. Hence, the BoE will meet on Thursday to decide whether the 741 students will have to reappear for the exam. We had sought explanation from the two colleges on why they did not wait for further instructions from the university. The BoE will decide on the action to be initiated against the centres that did not heed the the CoE’s instructions, depending on the explanation submitted by them,” said Naresh Chandra, pro vice-chancellor of Mumbai University.
Another issue that the BoE will take up is the repeated involvement of three Kalyan colleges – K M Agarwal College, B N N College and Birla College – in paper leaks cases in 2012 and 2013. “Despite stringent security measures adopted by the university, the college authorities and managements have failed to curb paper leaks. Hence, a decision on whether to have these colleges as exam centres will be discussed in the meeting,” said a BoE member.
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