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Bhavya Dore, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, April 02, 2013
Despite concerns and reservations about the new online question paper delivery system, the chairman of the committee for digital exam paper delivery will recommend to Mumbai University officials to send all final year B.Com exam question papers exclusively online.

So far the university has been sending both physical question papers as well as a soft copy through a web link to colleges. Exams started on Thursday, with 12 TYBCom papers left.

On the first day of the exams on Thursday, the online question papers could not be downloaded in several colleges, resulting in a delayed start to the exams in some centres.

However on Monday, five of the largest exam centres downloaded and printed the e-papers successfully, and in time.

“I am going to recommend that this method should be implemented in toto,” said Dinesh Panjwani, chairperson of the digital exam paper delivery committee and National College principal.

“It is a workable proposition across jurisdictions. It is the easiest method and colleges are not dependent on physical delivery by the vans. It has also helped curbed paper leaks.”

The experiment with online question papers began last year after a series of engineering exam paper leaks. However, so far it has only been partially implemented.

“I have been very clear on this right from the beginning and I have objected to e-delivery,” said TP Madhu Nair, dean of the commerce faculty. With the large number of colleges and the teachers’ boycott, he said it was an additional headache for principals.