Calcutta University has withheld the results of 72 BCom honours students of AJC Bose College who had allegedly ransacked the Kasba college, where they were writing their Part II exams, after invigilators stopped them from cheating.
The students, also accused of abusing invigilators at Naba Ballygunge Mahavidyalaya, would have to take readmission and write the exam again if the university rejects an appeal by AJC Bose College to revoke the punishment, said a CU official.
The BCom Part II results of Calcutta University were declared on September 13.
All BCom students from the college who wrote their Part II papers at Naba Ballygunge Mahavidyalaya have been punished. There was no complaint against their batchmates who wrote the BCom Part II exams at another college.
“The results of some students of AJC Bose College have been withheld following complaints of mass copying and ransacking at the centre where the students were writing the exam,” CU pro vice-chancellor (academic) Dhrubojyoti Chatterjee said.
The 72 students had allegedly ransacked the college on May 10, after writing the last theory paper.
Sukomal Dutta, the principal of Naba Ballygunge college, said the examinees had ransacked the campus after the invigilators had thwarted attempts at mass copying.
“A day before the last exam, our invigilators had foiled cheating attempts. The examinees took their revenge by breaking furniture in two college rooms,” the principal said.
A teacher of the Kasba college said the students had twisted fan blades, broken furniture and dislodged the blackboard. The teachers were abused and threatened with dire consequences, said a college official.
“The students were trying to smuggle into the hall small pieces of paper with answers written on them. They were also texting their friends from the washroom asking for answers. Our invigilators resisted their efforts, which infuriated the students,” said the official.
According to the complaint lodged by the Kasba institution, the examinees started ransacking the college while the invigilators were busy sorting the answer scripts. “We repeatedly urged the students not to destroy the college property. But they ignored our plea.... They rather turned abusive. We somehow left the venue with the scripts,” said a teacher.
The centre-in-charge had sent a report about the vandalism to the university, naming all the students and their roll numbers. Their scripts were marked with the “Reported Against” observation. The university referred the matter to its board of discipline, which spoke to the invigilators and the centre-in-charge before deciding to withhold the results of the 72 students.
Tarit Majumdar, the principal of AJC Bose College, expressed dismay over the punishment and appealed to the university for revoking the decision. “How come all the students were charged with ransacking? I doubt the case was properly probed,” said Majumdar.