For the second day in a row, the University of Mumbai sent question paper bundles as well as CDs containing questions to exam centres for second year and fourth year engineering exams after a spate of alleged leaks have rocked the university in the past week.
The university sent bundles — as well as CDs and, to some colleges, emails with the question papers — and told colleges to use the papers in the CD. Colleges were given a password to unlock the paper in the CD.
“There was much better coordination with the university today because we were better prepared that something like this may happen,” said an engineering college principal.
University officials said they did not receive any complaints about papers getting delayed on account of this procedure as they had on Monday.
On Monday the exam was delayed at several centres, after colleges were told at the last minute to not use the question paper bundles but instead use the question papers sent to them in the CD. Students were, however, given extra time.
“Today’s papers went very smoothly, we did not receive any complaints,” said S Deo, director of exams.
The three-member committee appointed to probe the alleged leaks is yet to begin its probe. The committee, chaired by management council member Madhu Paranjape, was announced after a board of examinations meeting on Monday.
“The committee will be looking at all possible linkages and loopholes in the system,” said a university official. “No timeframe has been given for submitting its report.”
At least four papers out of five for first year engineering students have allegedly been leaked since their exams began on May 18. The university last week submitted complaints to the cyber crime branch of Bandra-Kurla Complex police station to probe if papers had been uploaded online the night before for two exams.
“The probe is on and the matter is being taken very seriously,” said a university official. Students are hoping against hope that the university will announce a re-exam for the papers that have allegedly leaked. “It was unfair to us because the paper leaked,” said a student.