A large number of students of B.Com second year course offered by affiliated colleges of Panjab University were at the receiving end after examination for corporate accounts paper was postponed following alleged leak of the question paper.
The rumours about the paper leak started making rounds on Tuesday at around 11:30pm. Students from a city-based college claimed that question paper of corporate accounts was purchased by some fellow students after shelling our Rs 2,000 each. The students alleged that a student leader was involved in the racket and papers of B.A. and B.Sc maths were also leaked.
After looking into the matter, the university authorities faxed a notice to all colleges that the paper had been postpone and would be held now on May 3.
The varsity examination branch is responsible for holding exams in the university and affiliated colleges.
According to PU sources, there were possibilities of paper leak during transit from university to the colleges around 10 days before the date of examination.
When contacted, controller of examination Prof AK Bhandari claimed that they decided to postpone the paper after failing to ascertain whether it was the same paper set for the exam or a different one.
Though Prof Bhandari was in denial mode, he accepted that there was need to change the mode of delivery of question papers to the affiliated colleges.
"We will make some changes and will dispatch the papers only a day before the examination," said Prof Bhandari.
Meanwhile, gauging the seriousness of the issue, members of the senate demanded that the varsity should inquire into the incident and those found guilty should be held accountable.
RPS Josh, senate member, stated that it was a very serious issue and the varsity should bring changes to make sure that no such incident occurred in future.
Vice-chancellor Prof RC Sobti, who was out of town, assured that he would look into the matter.