FIVE DAYS after The Indian Express reported the leak of first year basic Electrical Engineering exam paper, Vice-Chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) Wasudeo Gade said he has written to the police commissioner to get an FIR registered into the case.
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While assuring that no answersheet would be checked until the police report arrives, Gade said that following the incident the varsity will now add more security features to question papers. “College authorities had informed us that the local police refused to accept their complaint. Hence, I have written to the police commissioner, requesting that they be directed to accept the complaint and inquire into the incident. Till the police investigation reveals the truth, the papers will not be assessed. As an additional security feature, we have decided that, from now on, whenever a college downloads the exam paper, it will be watermarked with the college’s name. Hence, if a paper is leaked, we can know where it happened,” said Gade.
On Friday, The Indian Express had reported that a question paper of the first year basic Electrical Engineering exam was discovered on a few students’ cellphone, nearly an hour before the examination was to start at the Modern Education Society’s College of Engineering (MESCoE).
While the university officials were informed about the leak, the exams were carried out with the same set of question papers.
Even four days after the incident, no FIR was filed despite the fact that college authorities were given written instructions to do so.
The Express had reported that initial investigations by university authorities had revealed the names of at least two city colleges from where the students have said to have received question papers but since the papers were not watermarked, source of the leak could not be established.
Meanwhile, the latest announcement by the Vice-Chancellor has students worried, especially backlog students, who had said that they are now looking at a close possibility of re-examination. Many students have also cancelled their plans to go back home in order to study for the next paper.
Omkar Bagade, a second year IT engineering student at Modern College who was appearing for his backlog papers, said, “This is very disappointing. We will have to prepare for this paper once again. It (paper leak) took place in some other college and we had nothing to with it. Outstation students like me will suffer more as they will need to cancel their reservations and might not get to go home at all. I am also considering the same.”
Another backlog student, Akshay Dhankar, said that he was planning to head home to Nashik but isn’t sure now. “I had prepared well and my paper went well. It will be very difficult if they decide to not check this paper and ask us to appear for a re-examination. Just for the actions of two-four students, the entire lot, including the university, has to suffer.”
Students said they wanted the varsity to go ahead with paper checking. Deepak Pawar, a first year student at AISSMS College of Engineering, said, “Why should students who are not involved suffer? They should check our papers.”