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The Bombay high court on Thursday 5th, April backed the University of Mumbai’s plan to conduct a re-examination for one subject on April 11, after the question paper was accidentally leaked last week. Agreeing that a leaked paper could go viral on the media, internet, SMS and Twitter, a division bench of Justice Sharad Bobade and Justice on Wednesday refused to stay the re-examination dashing the hopes of over 85,000 students who were all set to vacation.
Students may suffer, agreed the judges, but added that the varsity had the power to conduct examinations. The court also expressed apprehension that the leak could have been engineered by anyone, including students. The bad elements may be small in number, but they are active. Prima facie there is no reason to stay the examination, said the judges in a court room that was packed with a huge contingent of students. The court has given the university two weeks to file an affidavit giving details of the action taken against persons who were responsible for the leak and listing measures to ensure that such an incident did not recur. The court was hearing a petition filed by Jayprakash Agarwal (26) and Chetan Kumar Sharma (22), students of N. J. Acharya and D. K. Marathe College in Chembur who had have opposed the re-exam plans. On March 27,2012,when 85,000 TY B.Com students were set to appear for the Business Economics paper across the city, one centre in Bhiwandi distributed the next days question paper in Marketing and Human Resources Management. The university then decided to conduct a re-examination of the MHRM paper for all students on April 11. Advocate Uday Warunjikar, counsel for the students claimed that hardly 40 students might have seen the MHRM paper and other students, many who were on vacation, should not be subjected to a re-examination for no fault of theirs. Advocate Rui Rodrigues, counsel for the university, however refuted this and pointed out that around 500 students at the Bhiwandi centre had seen the paper as it was accidentally distributed in 17 rooms of the college. Due to modern technology like twitter, email, SMS, the leaked question paper could have spread like wildfire, he contended. The university’s lawyer said an expert committee had recommended the re-examination. He also added that the varsity had adopted a slew of measures to streamline the examination process and ensure that such an incident was not repeated.Student interaction with TOI“Students always have to suffer, please spare them from re-test” We asked readers whether two T.Y.B.Com students were justified in moving court against the re-test. Here’s what they had to say: Sameera Gawandi: Yes, students are totally justified in going to court against the re-exam. Why should they suffer for others mistake, time and again it is always the students who suffer, Please spare them from a re-test.Rohit Singh: It is completely justified. This is not the way our careers can be taken for granted. After working this hard all we hear is a re-exam going to court is our last hope!Vishal Keswani: I am a T.Y.B.Com student, who also runs a business and has a family to support. I took months leave for my studies. I have a very important meeting scheduled on April 11, in Bangalore. It is extremely crucial for my business and the meet was scheduled a month back with clients based in USA. I have given my exams with all dedication. If there is a re-exam I will lose very crucial business, or I have to miss my exam and waste a year. Why should we suffer for the inefficient management of the university.Komal Wadekar: I fully support the students who have taken the university to court. They can’t take us on a royal ride just because it’s our crucial year. They introduced the 60/40 rule at the start of the year but we got the pattern in December/January. We did not get our hall tickets till a day before the exams, after which the centres were changed. And after all this confusion the MHRM paper gets leaked. This is unacceptable.
Courtesy: Times of India
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