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When commerce student Rupesh Shiriskar started from home to take the final-year business economics paper on 27th March, Tuesday, he prepared himself mentally for a three-hour grueling task of writing five essay-type questions. Little did he and 611 fellow students realize that the exam, which was scheduled to end by lunch hour would drag on till late in the evening. On Tuesday morning, the University of Mumbai sent the wrong question paper to 612 final year commerce students from the Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL). Students were spread across 19 exam centres in Mumbai.
The varsity was alerted about the goof up when students across exam centres panicked and complained to their respective supervisors that the questions in the first section were not from the syllabus. University officials issued a fresh paper in the afternoon, but by then most students had already attempted the first lot of questions. They were forced to answer a completely new question paper. Pradeep Sawant, a student grievance committee member, said that most students complained of stress and anxiety after writing two papers. The varsity’s spokesperson said that the vice-chancellor has asked for an inquiry into the matter and ordered that action be taken against those found guilty. Explaining why the blunder took place, sources said that in 2010-11, the university had revised the syllabus for T.Y.B.Com and had to release three sets of papers for different categories of students fresher’s, those enrolled in the distance programs, and repeaters from IDOL. But the 612 repeaters from IDOL got the wrong paper.
Freshers were sitting for the 60-mark revised-course-new pattern paper; regular students of IDOL were taking the 100-mark revised course-old pattern paper, and repeaters of IDOL were to take the 100-mark course-old pattern paper. But the repeaters of IDOl got the wrong paper, said the source. While those in 18 exam centres answered the new paper, 98 students in the nineteenth centre VPM College of Science and Commerce in Mulund (East) left the exam hall when they didn’t get the revised questions by 4.00 PM. Their ordeal is far from over; they will have to reappear for the paper on April 10.According to university officials, the college failed to inform them of the need for a new paper in time. VPM college office superintendent Mangesh Korde said, Not many students pointed out the error at the beginning of the exam. Later, when they informed us, we contacted the examination controller with great difficulty. He claimed that the correct question paper had been sent on email. We did not receive the paper till 4.00 PM. Most of the students had left by then as they had to also prepare for the next days paper. A couple of colleges that TOI spoke to got the correct question paper as late as 3.00 PM. Hanoz Banaji, a student who took the exam from Burhani College, said that he was disturbed after the chaos and could not attempt the revised question paper that the university had sent. Sanjay Vairal, a senate member, said that the timetable released online did not have any mention of the old course. The confusion was probably caused due to a printing error in the timetable. So I suspect the university failed to print the right question paper.
Hall ticket fiasco for F.Y.B.com students continues:Most F.Y.B.com students from the Institute of Distance and Open Learning could not access their hall tickets online after the website failed to function at 9.00 PM on Monday. Students could access it at 2.00 AM on Tuesday, but it crashed once again around noon, only to restart at 7 PM. Several students landed up at IDOLs campus in Kalina to physically collect their hall tickets and were helped by officials. The first-year B.Com exam is scheduled to begin on March 30.
Courtesy: Times of India
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