An error by the Mumbai University caused a one-hour delay during an examination for third year BCom students on Tuesday. The university failed to print an entire question paper set for students who belong to the Institute of Distance and Open Learning.
The paper – Business Economics for TYBCom students following the old syllabus – was eventually sent via e-mail and fax to the exam centres that complained of the error. In total, 612 distance education students appeared for the exam based on the old syllabus on Tuesday.
Of these, 98 students were unable to take the exam because the centre from which they were appearing for it (VPM College in Mulund), did not contact the university in time and was unable to receive the university’s email or fax. “That college did not coordinate with us,” said SM Suryavanshi, controller of exams at Mumbai University.
The distance education students were allowed an extra hour to write the exam following the delay.
The 98 students who could not take the exam on Tuesday will appear for the re-exam on April 10.
Vice-chancellor Rajan Welukar said that the university would take action against those responsible for this error.