After repeatedly denying the reports of paper leak for almost five days,the officials of Mumbai University on Sunday confirmed that questions had been circulated through SMS. Following a meeting of Board of Examination on Sunday evening,the University decided to conduct a re-exam of Marketing and Human Resource Management (MHRM) paper on April 11.
Following news of alleged paper leak on March 28,MU officials,including Vice-Chancellor Rajan Welukar,controller of examinations and the dean of commerce faculty had denied the reports. The universitys examination department is foolproof,and there is no scope for a paper to be leaked. Hardly 60 per cent of the questions circulating through SMS matched the question paper, said T P Madhu Nair,dean,faculty of commerce.
Following a protest by Yuva Sena senate members and their suspension on March 29,Welukar was summoned by the Governor to explain the goof-ups and news of paper leak.
A three-member committee headed by Nair was then constituted and was directed to submit its report within 48 hours. However,the matter came to light only when a student appearing for his exam from BNN College at Bhiwandi on March 31 claimed that he and many other students at the centre were erroneously given the MHRM paper a day before the exam,instead of the Business Economics paper.
The committee then visited BNN college,where it found that the MHRM paper which was scheduled to be held on March 28,was distributed by the supervisors at BNN college on March 27.
All the officials in the college denied that the paper was leaked or any irregularity when interrogated. It was due to the bar code and OMR system that fact of MHRM paper being wrongly opened and distributed came to light, a varsity official said.
The mistake was identified only after 20-25 minutes; by that time over 20 students had read the entire question paper before it was taken back. By evening,an SMS on the questions was circulating all over. It happened erroneaously,but it is an unacceptable mistake, the official said.
The leak has come as an embarrassment to the university officials. A re-exam for the MHRM will paper will be conducted on April 11. The timing as well as the centres for students will remain the same as earlier.
The university officials have decided to penalize all those involved in the goof-up. Alleging that great inconvenience has been caused to the university and the students,MU will be making a recommendation to the management council to consider imposing a fine of Rs 1 lakh on the college management.
Besides the chief exam conductor of the college, D S Bhangre,senior supervisor R N Deshpande and Jadhav have been directly held responsible for the leak. MU has directed the college to suspend them immediately.