Nearly 36 hours after the question paper of an exam was leaked at the Modern Education Society’s College of Engineering on Friday, it was still unclear whether the college authorities had lodged an FIR or not. Even university officials did not know up till Saturday evening. This at a time when students are anxious about the fate of their papers.
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On Friday, Newsline had reported that the question paper of the first year engineering examination of basic electrical engineering paper was discovered on a few students’ cell phones, at least an hour before examinations.
According to Vice-chancellor Wasudeo Gade, university officials were informed of the leak when the exam had already started, so the exams were carried out with the same set of question papers as authorities said they couldn’t have withdrawn the paper in the middle of the exam.
Controller of examinations Ashok Chavan did not respond to calls or messages on the second consecutive day.
V-C Gade, who was busy in meetings until Saturday evening, said that a written order had been issued to the college.
“The college wanted us to file an FIR but we have told them that since the incident happened on their campus, they would have to file it. According to me, it should have been lodged by Saturday and if not, I will enquire into it,” he said. Gade had said on Friday that the college would be instructed to file an FIR and a committee would be instituted into the incident, which would give a report based on which the decision to conduct a re-exam would be taken.
However, despite repeated inquiries on Saturday, neither college authorities nor university officials revealed whether any further action was taken. “You can ask the same question to the officer on special duty at university,” said principal Dr A A Keste, who refused to reveal if an FIR had been lodged by college.
OSD Lalit Pawar said, “The college authorities came to meet me in the morning and I told them to lodge an FIR. They have not reported any further developments. Please ask the vice-chancellor for further details,” he said.
Dr Y P Nerkar, co-ordinator for faculty of engineering, denied any knowledge about the leak. “I know about this incident through media reports but I have not been intimated officially.”
Meanwhile, students are anxious about the fate of their papers. “We also read about the incident in the morning paper and we didn’t even know what happened on that college campus. Now we are worried that there would be re-exams. My paper went well and I hope it won’t get repeated,” said a student of an engineering college in Kondhwa.