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Confusion marked the re-examination of the business economics paper meant for 612 students from Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) on Tuesday 10th April.
Several repeaters, who filled their forms through their colleges, had claimed that they too received the wrong question paper on March 27 and were entitled to a re-exam. The University of Mumbai, however, said their attempts under the old syllabus were over and should have appeared for the 100-mark revised syllabus paper. On Tuesday 10th April, several such students, who are also called "regular repeaters" by the university, landed up at 3-4 of the total 19 centres meant for the IDOL student’s re-exam. Said a student who visited Rizvi College on Tuesday 10th April, but was turned away: "The University now tells us that we have exhausted our attempts under the old syllabus and should have attempted the 100-mark paper under the revised syllabus on March 27. We have lost this attempt and will have to appear under the new syllabus." Of the 612 students, only 135 took the re-exam on Tuesday 10th April, said a university release. According to the university, many of the 612 students appeared for the fresh question paper on March 27 itself. While the university received complaints of regular repeaters seeking re-exam only at Rizvi College (Bandra) and Agrawal College (Kalyan), more than 15 students went to Burhani College (Byculla) and were turned away. On March 27, the university distributed the wrong question paper for students appearing under the old syllabus. After several students pointed out the mistake, officials sent a fresh question paper via email. Many of the 19 centres received the question paper late; as a result, the students had to write the paper till the evening. Initially, the university claimed that students from only one centre were affected; however, the number of centres later increased to four. Explaining the situation, director of examinations Subhash Deo said: "The syllabus was revised in 2010-11, after which regular students from colleges should have got only three attempts to clear the subject; this exhausted in October 2011. Now, they have to appear under the revised syllabus. Students from the distance education programme get five attempts under the old syllabus and were the ones to receive the wrong paper." A professor said: "Earlier, only two sets of question papers were given to students. This year, with a change in the paper pattern, there are three sets for fresh students, regular repeater and IDOL pupils.Re-test called off: Rumours Even as more than 85,400 T.Y.B.Com students are set to appear for the re-examination of the Marketing and Human Resources Management (MHRM) paper on Wednesday 11th April, there were rumours about cancellation of the test on Tuesday 10th April. Students are not only reportedly getting SMSs on "important questions", but also about cancellation of the test owing to a "paper leak" in the re-exam. The university dismissed the rumours, saying the paper had not been leaked and that students should ignore misleading messages. In case of any problem, students can call the university's exam section on 2652 6285/ 2654 3413/14/15.
Courtesy: Times of India
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