In another incident of an examination-related goof up, Mumbai University (MU) students appearing for the sixth semester paper in ‘Financial Accounting & Auditing’ on Wednesday got their question papers late, owing to the university uploading the previous year’s question paper.
Around 3,000 students, who were repeating the exam after an unsuccessful attempt earlier, were appearing for the exam across various centres in the city. The examination department of university, however, noticed the glitch five minutes after the exam started and asked colleges to discard the previously distributed paper. The new question paper was issued at 3.30pm.
Students said they were confused when invigilators started distributing new questions papers. “I was shocked when I saw the same paper which I solved last year. Confusion prevailed for half an hour after which we received a new paper,” said a student from ML Dahanukar College of Commerce, Vile Parle.
Dinesh Bhonde, controller of examinations, MU said, “As there was a mistake in inserting the paper code number, last year’s question paper got uploaded and was sent to the centres. However, as soon as we noticed the mistake, we asked colleges to distribute the new paper and extended the exam duration by half an hour.”
Senate members of the university met Naresh Chandra, pro-vice chancellor on Thursday and asked him to institute an investigation into the incident. Senate member Pradeep Sawant said, “The university should take strict action against staff from the exam department who uploaded previous year paper. Also, the university should now find a permanent solution to such goof ups as students are suffering very often from such mistakes.”
Naresh Chandra said, “It is a serious issue and we will investigate into this matter. We have directed the examination department to take necessary actions to avoid such glitches.”
Earlier, on the first day of third-year BCom fifth semester exams on November 7, students had a tough time as question papers were distributed late across several exam centres in the city.