Even as Mumbai University officials called for a meeting on Monday, to probe Saturday’s alleged leak of the Basic Electronics and Engineering (BEE) paper for the first-year engineering course, students on Sunday claimed that there were rumours of another leak.
Students said that there was talk of Monday’s chemistry-two paper for the first year engineering course being leaked and claimed that messages were being circulated from the question paper, and a possible leak.
“Many of my classmates were exchanging questions of Saturday’s BEE paper over text messages. I am sure Monday’s paper is also leaked,” said a student of DG Sanghvi Engineering College.
With frequent goof-ups, two confirmed paper leaks and two alleged cases of paper leaks under investigation, this year has been a stressful one for the university as well as students. While the university struggles to save face in the light of these incidents, frequent rumour mongering about alleged leaks has only added to students’ woes and heightened exam-related stress.
For all the four papers that have been conducted so far, of the ongoing first year engineering exams that started on May 18, there have been allegations of leaks (see box). Two of these were dismissed as rumours, while police complaints have been filed for the other two.
“I am frustrated with frequent rumours of paper leaks. I am taking my second semester paper as a prelim exam and not a final-year exams, because I am sure there would be re-exams,” said a student.
Students from engineering colleges said that for the last four papers, text messages with important questions were circulated late at night or early in the morning. A few students have even managed to procure copies of the question paper a few hours before the examination, said a student who did not wish to be named.
University officials on Sunday said that the Bandra Kurla Complex police station has begun a probe into Saturday’s alleged leak. “We have handed over the case to the police and they will now take a call. Students should not believe in rumours and study for their exams. The papers will reach colleges by 8 am and we will follow normal procedure,” said Subhash Deo, director of examinations.
Meanwhile, in the midst of all the paper leaks, the university declared the results of Third year BSc. 1,0125 students had appeared for the exam, and 51.22% passed the exam.