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Question paper's googlies stump examinees

lucknow Updated: May 26, 2010 17:09 IST
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Large-scale anomalies in the ongoing UP Technical University examination is giving a tough time to over 3.5 lakh students.

It’s nothing less than an ordeal for the examinees with some ‘surprise element’ daily in store for them in every question paper.

Sample this: In one question paper, there was no instruction for students on how many questions one should attempt in different sections of the paper. Another paper had three hours as its duration but students were asked to submit it after two hours.

In another paper, questions did not have marks against them making things difficult for examinees. The exams, which started from May 12, will end on June 8.

All this happened in a span of a few days causing embarrassment to the university and the examination cell in particular. Complaints from students have fallen on deaf ears.

The university has tasked a new team to conduct the exams, which sources allege, has messed up the situation. They may not have done their homework well, the sources alleged. UPTU on Tuesday changed the entire set of papers following rumours of paper leak.

Talking to Hindustan Times, UPTU vice-chancellor Kripa Shankar Singh admitted that there have been a few anomalies and that the varsity will strive to ensure a repeat of such errors do not take place.

There are several people who look after examination work, another factor that may have led to the goof-ups.

“But by no means interest of the students would suffer. We will make efforts to ensure the students are not affected because of the errors,” the vice-chancellor said. When contacted AK Mishra, controller of examination, said the mistakes were a result of human error and one should not read much into it.

People are needlessly making it an issue, he alleged.

He said, printing error resulted in duration of a question paper being given out as three hours whereas it should have been two instead.

The surprise element

In one question paper, there was no instruction for students on how many questions one should attempt in different sections of the paper.

Another paper had three hours as its duration but students were asked to submit it after two hours.

In another paper, questions did not have marks against them.

The controller of examination said the mistakes were a result of human error and one should not read much into it.