In a bizarre move that provides a huge hole for a leak, SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, in Hoshiarpur district, held the examination for fourth semester of MSc (chemistry) a day before the rest of the Panjab University did. While the original date -- May 21 - was pushed by a day to May 22, the college says it got no information even though Panjab University (PU) updated the datasheet on its website (puchd.ac.in) and claims to have sent physical versions too. A month has passed, but the varsity has not taken any action.
As per varsity rules, the bundle carrying question papers is opened on the day of examination by the superintendent. In this case, the Mahilpur college act effectively put the paper out a day in advance.
College principal SS Randhawa told HT, "We had downloaded the datesheet as it came, but how were we supposed to know they (PU authorities) have changed the date to May 22? We had no personal reason for holding the exam one day in advance. When we came to know about the mistake we informed the controller's office and have even asked them to re-conduct the exam".
While vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover could not be reached despite repeated attempts, controller (examination) Parvinder Singh first said on Wednesday morning that he did not know about the matter. In the evening, he said he was on leave and that his office had already written to the college on the issue. He claimed, "The date sheet was announced on probably May 4 or 5, and the same day the May 21 exam was changed to 22 and the tweaked datesheet put out as the earlier date clashed with a re-appear exam."
He added, "After the datesheet is displayed on the website, it is also physically sent to centres, delivered by a class-1 officer to the principal and the superintendent. In this case, that must have been done around May 11, because as per procedure the question papers along with datesheet and roll numbers are sent around 10 days in advance."
But not only does the college refuse having received the changed datesheet, but also claims to have not heard from PU yet on the blunder.
A senator remarked, "This is so weird. Worse, the varsity authorities haven't taken any action so far. Ideally the examination should have been cancelled and rescheduled."