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Punjabi University MSc maths paper leaked, inquiry marked

punjab Updated: May 11, 2017 13:52 IST
HT Correspondent
Punjabi University

Acting on the tip-off, the V-C immediately put the examination branch on alert.(HT Representative Image)

Punjabi University got embroiled in yet another controversy as its MSc mathematics examination paper was allegedly leaked in Sardulgarh of Mansa district.

Following this, the vice-chancellor-cum-secretary, higher education, Anurag Verma, has marked the inquiry into the matter and directed the dean academic affairs, Dr Gurnam Singh, to submit a report.

Sources said that someone from outside the university informed the vice-chancellor that the sealed envelope carrying question paper of the said examination was found open at a university college.

Acting on the tip-off, the V-C immediately put the examination branch on alert.

Now, with a day left in examination, the university is contemplating to print new new question papers or postpone the said examination till further orders.

CLOUD OVER WHY EXAM DATE WAS ADVANCED IN FIRST PLACE

As per the information, the examination was originally scheduled for May 9, but university controller examination, Dr Baljit Singh Sidhu, acting on request of some principals of colleges, forwarded a case to dean academics to change the date to May 12, as desired by them.

However, dean academic affairs, Dr Gurnam Singh, was on leave that day and associate dean research, Dr Rakesh Mohan Sharma, without having any power to act as dean academics, held a meeting with the officials and made the changes to the date sheet.

Pertinently, vice-chancellor had never authorised Dr Sharma to act as dean academics in absence of Dr Gurnam Singh, bringing the decision to change the date sheet under a cloud. Also, he is working as associate dean research, a post, which doesn’t exist in university calender. The controller examination, Dr Baljit Singh Sidhu denied that the paper had been leaked, however he could not explain why the date sheet had been changed.

However, the V-C confirmed that he had received information about the paper leak and sought an explanation from dean academic why the date sheet had been changed. He said that he had already marked an inquiry into the matter.

It is not for the first time that university paper has been leaked.

Last year BA-final-year sociology examination had been leaked, following which the then vice-chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh, had cancelled the examination and ordered an inquiry. After this incident, an examination paper centre at Barnala was cancelled for last academic year.