The University of Mumbai appointed a three-member committee to probe the alleged paper leaks of first year engineering exams after an emergency board of examinations meeting on Monday evening. However, the university has not confirmed any leaks.
The committee, chaired by management council member Madhu Paranjape will comprise academic council members Vinayak Dalvi and AK Bhatkar.
First year engineering papers have been plagued by rumours of leaks since they began on May 18. "The committee will probe the internal system to see what might be going wrong," said S Deo, director of exams at the university.
Meanwhile, the university has been taking all precautions to prevent further paper leaks. On Monday, question papers for the first and third year engineering exams reached late at some centres, sparking speculation that the papers had been swapped at the last minute.
Engineering college principals said though they received paper bundles on the morning of the exam, they were asked to use the question papers provided in a password-protected CD the university also sent in the same morning.
The university pointed out that questions and images of questions papers circulating on Sunday night and Monday morning for the first year chemistry paper did not match the question papers that finally appeared.
"It was fake," said Deo. "We request students not to believe any of the rumours."
For Monday's exams, it was not clear how many papers had been emailed and how many had been sent physically to the exam centres, but Deo said it was not an unusual practice.
"Sometimes we email the paper; centres have to be prepared for it," said Deo.