The English examination of the first -year BA programme of Delhi University’s School of Learning (SOL) was cancelled on Wednesday after the paper was allegedly leaked.
This is the second time the SOL paper had to be cancelled. The economics paper was cancelled on June 12.
Students were informed that the paper was cancelled half an hour after the examination started. For Wednesday’s examination, students had gone to centres as far as Narela and Budh Vihar
“The students had been allotted centres in far-flung areas. After students had reached the centres, they were told the paper had been cancelled. This puts physical, mental as well as economic strain on students,” said Harish Gautam, a member of Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS) — the student union at SOL.
Some students had travelled as far as 40 kilometres, commuting for at least three hours, to reach the centre. The union will protest against the paper leak on Thursday.
The authorities confirmed the paper had been leaked. The paper, in which around 55,000 students had to appear, has been scheduled for June 24 at 9 am. An FIR has been lodged.
“At around 2.15 pm, we got to know about the paper being leaked on WhatsApp. We cancelled the paper and sent SMS to all students regretting inconvenience. The paper has been rescheduled,” said CS Dubey, director, SOL.
Teachers at SOL said paper leaks had become frequent because the examination was conducted at government schools. “The examination department should conduct the exam at colleges. Also there is no proper monitoring system,” said a teacher who did not want to be named.