Students demonstrate outside SSLNT Women’s College in Dhanbad on Monday. Picture by Gautam Dey
Confusion over question papers disrupted the first semester examination of MA economics held by Vinoba Bhave University (VBU) at SSLNT Women’s College in Dhanbad on Monday.
The exam that began at 1pm remained suspended till 2pm with the PG students claiming that the last year’s question paper was repeated.
The confusion and resulted hour-long chaos stem from the “2013 Examination” written on the question papers. Over 120 economics students from PK Roy Memorial College and Giridih College arrived at SSLNT Women’s College to write their 1st semester examination that kicked off on Monday.
Students of other PG courses, like political science, physics, English and Bengali, also took their exams at the women’s college.
A commotion broke out in the exam hall as soon as the question papers were distributed. Soon, all economics students came out of the hall.
Later, women’s college principal Kiran Singh spoke to the university’s examination controller A.M. Siddiqui, who was in Hazaribagh, over phone.
Siddiqui clarified that the last year’s papers were not repeated. “The 2013 was printed because the students were part of the 2013-15 batch and ideally, the 1st semester exam should have been held in 2013,” Siddiqui was quoted as saying.
On this, the students agreed to take the exam and they were given an hour extra for the lapse of one hour.
When contacted, Singh said, “A confusion led to the partial disruption of the examination.”
“There was no repetition of question paper. And even if the paper was repeated, there is no reason for shouting slogans as questions can be asked from any part of the syllabus,” Singh added.
Siddiqui, however, said, “Everything was clarified and the examination resumed on time.”