The University of Mumbai will be seriously looking at overhauling the paper-setting system and examination process in the wake of three confirmed paper leaks in the last three weeks, said officials.
Admitting to loopholes in the system, vice chancellor Rajan Welukar said at a press conference on Tuesday evening that they would look to seal these at the earliest. They would also be discussing the issue with governor K Sankaranarayanan — the chancellor of the university.
A three-member committee appointed by the university submitted a report to the vice chancellor on Monday night detailing their observations and possible points at which a leakage could occur. “The committee has found several lacunae in an age-old process,” said Welukar. “We will discuss the issue with the governor and all possible solutions… I assure you that the sanctity of exams will be restored.”
The seven stages of the exam process involve the appointment of paper setters, the actual setting of the paper, its dispatch to the manuscript section, then the printing process, dispatch from the press, transport to centres and finally the opening of the paper at the centre.
“The process is not fool-proof and the report has highlighted this,” said an official familiar with the report. “From coding the papers to submission of the paper, confidentiality is not maintained.” There are no security cameras in the printing press and images of the paper can be easily clicked using cell phones. “It is very easy to take anything out of the press,” said the official.
“Since May 26, we have changed our strategy,” said Welukar. “All methods were kept open. Today also they are open.”