Times of India Report –
MUMBAI: The human resources management paper of third year Bachelors in Management Studies held on Friday was leaked.
While around 10,000 students appeared for the exam conducted by Mumbai University, it later emerged that some students had allegedly procured the question paper on Thursday night. The university has set up an inquiry panel and filed a complaint.
At 10 am on Friday, the university’s examination controller received text messages informing the code of the question paper for Friday, along with the questions.
“We thought it was a rumour. But when the question paper bundle was opened at 10.30 am, we found the questions were the same. The board of examinations will meet on Sunday to discuss the course of action,” said controller Vilas Shinde.
He added that vice-chancellor Rajan Welukar had asked the department to take stringent action against those found guilty.
“The board of examinations will decide if a re-exam was required for this paper,” added Shinde.
Students are already upset about the delay in the schedule. A student from a Sion college said, “Our exams were first slated for October. After being postponed thrice, the exams finally started in November-end. We do not want a re-exam now.”
Sadaf Aboli, president of the Mumbai Pradesh Youth Congress, received a call at 2.30 am on Friday.
“I was told that copies of question papers were being distributed outside a college in Bandra. I called the examination controller. But it was only at 1 pm when students stepped out of the hall, that it was confirmed that the paper had been leaked,” said Aboli.
Hindustan Times Report –
The University of Mumbai is investigating a possible leak in a Third Year Bachelor of Management Studies (TYBMS) paper that students took on Friday. Hours before students appeared for the Human Resources Management paper in the morning, National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) members said they had received text messages from an anonymous source listing out questions that would appear in the exam.
Around 10,000 students appeared for the paper, the last one of the fifth semester’s exam.
HT compared the questions mentioned in the message with the actual exam paper: all six questions across both sections of the two-hour long, 60-mark paper were the same.
The University has set up a committee to investigate the matter. “We heard rumours in the morning and we have taken the matter very seriously,” said Vilas Shinde, controller of exams. “We will take strict action if this is true. We need to find out where it has leaked, who leaked it, how it happened.” He said the committee would announce its decision in two days.
“The university should ensure that honest, hardworking students do not suffer,” said Suraj Singh Thakur, state president of the NSUI. “It has become easy to indulge in such wrongdoings because the university employs so many temporary staff members nowadays who are unreliable.”