Nearly a week after the report of Electrical Engineering first year exam paper leak, the vice-chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), Wasudeo Gade, has handed over the case to the police. An FIR has been lodged regarding the matter pertaining to the case.
The vice-chancellor, while asking to pause paper evaluation till police reports were received, also asked to ensure more careful and stricter security on question papers.
“College authorities had informed us that the local police refused to accept their complaint. Hence, I have written to the police commissioner, requesting that they be directed to accept the complaint and inquire into the incident. Till the police investigation reveals the truth, the papers will not be assessed. As an additional security feature, we have decided that, from now on, whenever a college downloads the exam paper, it will be watermarked with the college’s name. Hence, if a paper is leaked, we can know where it happened,” said Wasudeo Gade.
More on the report:
- According to The Indian Express report on Friday, a few students were found availing the question paper on their cell phones one hour prior to the exam which was scheduled to be held at the Modern Education Society’s College of Engineering (MESCoE)
- It was reported that the exam was carried out notwithstanding the fact that the question papers were leaked
- No FIR was lodged against the alleged incident even after four days despite directing the college authority to filed the report
- It is speculated that two city colleges came under question when the initial reports following the university’s investigation revealed the alleged circulation of leaked papers to students
- However, the entirety of the scam still remains unexplained since the question papers were not watermarked
Grievances of students
While scores of students were intimidated by the irreverent incident, many are as well worried that they would be preoccupied this winter with preparation for the re-examination hence cancelling their plan to go home. Several students who are preparing for backlog papers were deeply disturbed by the incident.
“This is very disappointing. We will have to prepare for this paper once again. It (paper leak) took place in some other college and we had nothing to with it. Outstation students like me will suffer more as they will need to cancel their reservations and might not get to go home at all. I am also considering the same,” said one Omkar Bagade, Modern College student who was also preparing for his backlog papers in IT engineering.
“I had prepared well and my paper went well. It will be very difficult if they decide to not check this paper and ask us to appear for a re-examination. Just for the actions of two-four students, the entire lot, including the university, has to suffer