The Mumbai University appointed a director of examinations on Monday after a series of exam-related goof-ups, including a paper leak, in the past few weeks.
New director SA Deo took charge on Monday. “I will try to normalise the situation and my first priority will be to clear the pending revaluation applications,” said Deo, principal of Gogate-Joglekar College in Ratnagiri. “My other priority will be to ensure smooth assessment and timely declaration of results.”
SM Suryavanshi, incharge controller of exams, will report to him. The post will initially be for a period of six months.
Meanwhile, BNN College in Bhiwandi suspended five of its staff members for denying that a final year Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) paper had leaked last week to a university inquiry committee.
The chief conductor of exams, three supervisors, and one member of the non-teaching staff face suspension.
A report submitted by the committee said the college officials failed to disclose that the supervisors had mistakenly opened the Marketing and Human Resource Management (MHRM) question paper a day before the exam on March 28.
“Action will also be taken against other members of the staff who were involved,” said a college official. The university had recommended action against 17 junior supervisors in its report.
BNN College is one of the larger colleges in Bhiwandi, hence the university’s decision to revoke its status as an exam centre till 2015 is likely to affect students residing there. “Students will have to be given centres in other areas as most of the colleges here have small capacity,” said the official.
Officials claimed there would be no delay in the results on account of the scheduled re-exam for the MHRM paper on April 11. “Results will not be affected,” said Rajpal Hande, director of the board of college and university development.
University officials said the process of the re-exam would be relatively simple. “The university prepares three sets of question papers so all that has to be done is to use one of the other sets,” said an official.
However, the only potential problem lies in the proposed Bombay University College Teachers’ Union boycott of paper corrections following the government’s failure to meet some of their demands, which includes salaries as per the sixth pay commission.