A day before Thursday’s BA-final-year sociology examination, HT had all the questions in hand, sent as proof that a third Punjabi University question paper had been leaked. To underline that it was becoming a routine at some centres in Sangrur and Barnala, some bright students had sent the leaked questions to this newspaper on Wednesday night. Confronted, vice-chancellor Jaspal Singh not only cancelled the examination but also ordered an inquiry.
He assigned the dean of academic affairs to oversee the examination process. “I slogged all year to understand the subject, while the laggards from internal tests now had all the answers. Some of them had purchased the set of questions for Rs 3,000 each. Last time, the university didn’t act, so this time, I approached the media to exposed the college managements,” said a student who had brought the paper to HT. She said the money for it was collected in advance.
University sources confirmed that earlier someone had shared the English paper with the examination controller two hours before the examination was to start. The sociology set was opened at a private college centre on Wednesday evening, questions written down on a paper, and circulated on WhatsApp. “Question papers of some other classes were leaked in Moonak, Suman, Sangrur, and Barnala,” said a source.
The social science research methods question paper had also gone viral on WhatsApp a day in advance. Even the examination controller received it on his mobile phone.Pawan Kumar Singla had resigned as this officer in February after the Punjab government selected him to be state information commissioner. A professor took over his charge, and the deputy registrar is appointed to conduct examinations as stop-gap arrangement until the post is advertised in a few days.
Registrar Devinder Singh confirmed that the V-C had marked an inquiry and said: “We might scrap the examination at one or more centres after looking that the samples of answer sheets. Our flying squad has, so far, found only SSD College, Barnala, to be the centre where the sealed question-paper envelope was opened half an hour before the examination.” The college has been scrapped as examination centre. The university will also get a case registered.