The negligence on the part of question paper setters of the ongoing exams of Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) seems to be meeting no end and continues to surface almost regularly.
Another blunder on the part of the university was exposed on Tuesday when third semester students of Masters of Mass Communication (MMC) found four questions missing in the question paper of Mass Media Research Applications.
The students, who included both regular and of International Centre of Distance Education and Open Learning (ICDEOL) were in for a shock when they found only six questions instead of 10 as prescribed in the syllabus.
According to the laid down norms, students have to attempt 5 out of 10 questions but in the question paper provided to them they were asked to attempt five out of the six questions.
After the students raised the issue in the examination centre of the university, the invigilator assured to look into the case and took up the matter with the authorities concerned immediately.
After about an hour, four questions were included in the question paper and the question paper with 10 questions was again distributed among the students.
In the process about one hour of the students was wasted but, surprising, no extra time to attempt the question paper was given to the students.
One of the students Indu Negi of MMC III year expressed disgust over the blunder of the university. She rued that confusion had spoiled her chances of getting good marks.
After the exam was over, students complained to the Student Central Association (SCA) which took up the matter with the vice-chancellor and demanded cancellation of the paper.
President of the SCA Rajan Hartta said, "This anomaly in the question paper setting has exposed the hallow claims of the vice- chancellor that the exams are being conducted smoothly and students will not face any difficulty. It is obvious that the paper has been without application of mind."
The SCA demanded an inquiry into the lapse on the part of paper setters.
Vice-chancellor ADN Bajpai said that he had directed the controller of examinations to investigate the matter and submit the report.
"I wanted to attempt the questions which were added after almost an hour but no time was left. It spoiled my strategy in attempting the five best questions. Due to this blunder, I couldn't complete the paper on time and also no extra time was provided," said a student of MMC.
The other recent blunders
Students appearing in BSc 1st year examination got shocked when they found a question paper with one of the sections missing and a wrong question under the Rashtriya Uchhtar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) in one of the centres in Mandi district.
20 students of ICDEOL could not appear for their 1st semester exam under RUSA as they found the ICDEOL centre locked at HPU. They are to appear again at a date to be notified to them soon.