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Univ yet to confirm paper ‘leaks’, will wait for police reports

The University of Mumbai has still not confirmed whether two engineering papers held last week were in fact leaked, even after a board of examinations meeting on Friday.

mumbai Updated: Jun 02, 2012 00:46 IST
HT Correspondent

The University of Mumbai has still not confirmed whether two engineering papers held last week were in fact leaked, even after a board of examinations meeting on Friday.

University officials continued to say it was too early to announce any re-exam decision and that they were still waiting for the report from the police as well as an internal university committee set up to probe the possible leaks.

“Utmost care has to be taken while taking a decision,” said Naresh Chandra, pro vice chancellor of the university. “The issue is very sensitive so we have to go cautiously. We are waiting for both reports.”

Chandra did not say when either report was expected but that it would be “soon”. The board of examinations will meet once the reports come in.

Members also discussed the new system of sending question papers to colleges on the morning of the exam via email and CD at Friday’s meeting.

“The board appreciated the efforts of the exam section,” said Chandra. “The new system is working well.”

For the past week the university has been mailing question papers as well as sending CDs and bundles of physical papers to avoid the chance of a leak. Just before the start of the exam colleges are informed which paper set they need to use.

“There was no problem reported today, now we are preparing for Monday’s exams,” said S Deo, director of exams.

However, the Mumbai police crime branch’s investigations into the alleged paper leak suspects that laxity on the part of university officials led to the incident. A senior crime branch officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media said, “Prima facie it appears that the laxity by university officials was exploited by someone and the paper was then put up on the networking site.”

The officer added that they have narrowed down a list of ‘suspects’ and would soon be able to find out when and how the question paper was put up on the site. “We have questioned the suspect as well as some students in connection with the incident,” added the officer. He said that the names of the culprits would become clear by latest early next week.