Final-year students of the three-year LLB course were stumped to see questions for short notes in the long answer section and vice versa on Friday morning. But the university was quick to send out messages to all centres asking them to reverse the pattern.
“Fifteen minutes into the exam and we realised that mistake. We sent messages to every centre. Even if a student has followed the wrong pattern, we will give the student the benefit of doubt since it is not the student’s fault,” said NM Rajadhyaksha, dean of law.
About 700 students took the law and medicine paper, which is optional. But students were perturbed with the mistake. “If you are confused right at the beginning of the paper, it breaks the rhythm of your thoughts,” said a student.
On the same day, a first year arts student, from the distance education branch, missed her paper owing to confusion over the exam centre. Priya R said that the university changed her centre at the last moment.
“When I checked the website on April 28, it said that my centre was at Elphinstone College. But on Friday, when I reached the college, they told me that the college did not have any centre for BA students and it was only a centre for commerce students,” said Priya. “I again checked the university website and it said that my exam centre is at Ruia College. In all this confusion, I missed my paper,” said the student. D Harichandan, director of the Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL), said that there was no change in centres.
“We displayed the centres on the website and the notice board on April 28th. Some students were confused because for one of the exam centre, which was at S.T College of Education, the address was given as Elphinstone Technical High School Building. So, some students went to Elphinstone College by mistake,” he said.
He said that two students, who had come to IDOL because of this confusion with the name, were allowed to sit for the exam at the IDOL centre at Kalina campus with extra time.