A year after a political activist gatecrashed into the examination house, where answer papers are corrected, at Mumbai University’s Kalina campus, the varsity has decided to tighten security.
From this examination season, examiners will be given a smart card, which they will have to swipe before they enter the house also known as the central assessment programme (CAP) centre.
Last January, a representative of the student wing of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) slipped into the house, pretending to be an examiner, and left with answer sheets tucked in his handbag.
The MNS then called the media, took photographs and submitted the papers back to the examination centre.
The aim of the expose was to highlight lack of security at the examination house, which is the central venue for correcting answer papers of all colleges affiliated to the varsity.
But now the university wants to eliminate all scope for error.
“These smart cards will show the profile of the examiner the moment it is swiped. The cardboard identification cards are easy to fake. Now there will be proper data of people entering and leaving the house,” said Vilas Shinde, controller of examinations.
There is also a proposal to put up CCTVs in rooms of the examination house.
While the proposal has been in the offing for two years, this year a provision has been made for CCTVs in the university’s budget, which is yet to approved by the senate.
Students hope that this will stop any sort of tampering in answer sheets.
“If this works then people who are not authorised will not be able to enter the centre. Adding CCTVs will ensure foolproof security,” said Sudhakar Tamboli, vice president of the MNS student body.