As students protested the April 11 re-exam of the final year BCom marketing and human resource management paper (MHRM), rumours of a leak of the re-exam paper surfaced on Monday. But university officials denied this.
Some final year students claimed they had received text messages containing ‘important questions’ of Wednesday’s re-exam. One of the messages also had a question paper code written alongside.
The MHRM paper, which was held on March 28, had inadvertently leaked when the question paper was distributed to students at a Bhiwandi College a day before the exam. After a university-appointed committee enquired into the matter, a re-exam was announced for April 11.
“If there is indeed a leak, then what will the university do? Will they hold another re-exam?” questioned one student who received the text message.
University officials rubbished these messages. “These are rumours and anyone can make predictions,” said S Deo, director of examinations at the university. “Students shouldn’t believe these SMSes and should not forward them. They should be preparing for the exam instead.”
Students are still attempting to get the re-exam cancelled. A group of students, on Monday afternoon, visited vice-chancellor Rajan Welukar to request him to reconsider the re-exam. “We requested him to consider awarding marks for the MHRM paper based on the average of the other papers, but he said he did not have the authority to do so,” said Dhawal Vora, 20, who was part of the delegation.
Students are planning to protest at Azad Maidan again on Tuesday. More than 24,000 students have joined the Facebook group “We Are Against MHRM Re-exam”.
Last week too, students had organised a protest at Azad Maidan. Two students had filed a petition in the Bombay high court last week against the re-exam.