Now,question paper mix-up adds to students’ woes

Confusion over question papers disrupted Mumbai University’s TYBCom exam on Tuesday.

Written by Dipti Sonawala | Published: March 28, 2012 12:38:33 am

Confusion over question papers disrupted Mumbai University’s (MU) TYBCom exam on Tuesday. Over 600 final year commerce students of Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) were in for a shock when they realised that the question paper they were given was wrong.

The problem occurred at 18 exam centres,where 612 repeaters from IDOL were appearing for their Business Economics paper III. The university authorities allegedly sent question papers based on revised syllabus instead of old syllabus. This delayed the exam by about an hour.

When the colleges contacted the university,the officials faxed the question paper to the centres. However,the exam which was scheduled to begin at 11 am began only after 11.45. “We received the paper at 11.30 am and it took us time to make photocopies,” said a principal of an exam centre in Bandra. “The paper according to old syllabus is of 100 marks,while under the revised syllabus,the paper is based on the credit based semester and is of 60 marks. Students who were expecting 100-marks paper were given the 60-marks one. We faxed the correct question papers to the exam centres and the exam went off smoothly,” said an MU official.

While many college managed to get the correct papers,200 students at some other centres complained that one of the two sections in the 100-marks paper was out of syllabus. “There are two sections in the question paper,each carrying 50 marks. When we informed the supervisor about the problem,they asked us to solve the second section first. Later,we were told that there was no response from the university officials,” said Vaibhav Usgaonkar,who was appearing for his exam at Rizvi College,Bandra.

“There were two sets of question papers — one for old syllabus and one for the revised syllabus. Students who were supposed to answer the question paper based on the old syllabus were given the revised syllabus papers. We also confirmed with one of our commerce teachers that questions in one section in the old syllabus paper were from the revised syllabus. The examination section is responsible for the mix-up,so they will take decision on the issue. From our side,we had requested the exam centers to provide extra time to students,” said Dr D Harichandan,director of IDOL.

Dr S M Suryavanshi,in-charge controller of examination,was not available for comment.

The MU spokesperson said the old syllabus question papers were not printed by the examination section by mistake. “The officials realised this mistake only when they started getting calls from the examination centres. Out of 18 centres,we managed to fax the copy of the manuscript of the old syllabus question paper to 17. We could not fax the paper to VPM College of Commerce and Science in Mulund as they did not contact us. Ninety-eight students appeared for the exam from VPM. The authorities will conduct a re-exam for them on April 10,” said Vinod Malale,PRO,Mumbai University.

Dr Rajan Welukar,vice-chancellor,said,“Stringent action will be taken against the person responsible for this goof-up.”

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