Another paper ‘leak’ sends Punjabi varsity authorities in a tizzy

  • Vishal Rambani, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Apr 30, 2016 14:25 IST
Punjabi University V-C Jaspal Singh (centre) addressing the media in Patiala on Friday. Bharat Bhushan/ht (Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)

A day after the BA-3 sociology question paper had to be cancelled following leak, a handwritten question paper of history, examination of which is scheduled for Saturday, has gone viral on the social media, sending the Punjabi University authorities in a tizzy.

At the time of filing of this report, the university authorities were trying to check the authenticity of ‘leaked’ paper. “I can’t give details. We are verifying the content to ascertain whether the paper has actually leaked,” said varsity registrar Devinder Singh.

Sources in the varsity, however, confirmed that paper trotting on the social media was a copy of the original paper set by Punjabi University. The question papers had already been dispatched to nearly 200 examination centres across Punjab.

Meanwhile, perturbed over the repeated leak of papers, vice-chancellor Jaspal Singh on Friday announced that the entire examination branch will be computerised on the lines of Punjab Technical University.

“Let me make it clear, that the guilty will be punished. I won’t tolerate any type of laxity in the examination process, which decides the future of students. I have asked the dean, academic affairs, AS Chawla, to take steps for the computerisation of the examination process,” the vice-chancellor said.

He said using information technology techniques, the university will provide unique logins and password to each centre and examination paper will be uploaded half-an-hour before the exam for downloading and printing at the centres. “This will leave no scope for leak as papers will be printed only after students sit in examination centres,” he said.

He said the centre where the sociology paper reportedly leaked has been cancelled and a probe has been initiated. “Answer sheets will be scrutinised to find out students who had attempted only the questions which were leaked. It will take time, but I am sure we will reach the bottom of the wrongdoing and find out the real culprit,” he said.

He said the university has decided to lodge an FIR against the Thursday leak as police were capable of tracing the phone number that first put the paper on WhatsApp.

“University authorities have got some information about some suspects in the leak and the details have been passed on to the police,” he said.

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