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Wrong set mars Part I examination

Cooch Behar, May 15: North Bengal University had to reschedule a BA Part I paper after the wrong set of questions was distributed by the Dinhata College authorities today. A probe has been ordered into the incident.

Ashis Sarkar, the principal of the college located in Cooch Behar, has been asked by the university to identify the persons responsible for the leak and lodge police complaints against them.

The incident took place in the first half of the examination that started at 10am. Soon examinees in one of the classrooms of the college realised that that question papers for philosophy Paper III had been distributed instead of Paper II. The examination for the third paper was to be held on May 17. But by that time, 15 minutes had elapsed and though the invigilators replaced the wrong set, there were allegations that some of the students had thrown out the question papers through the window to be Xeroxed and distributed later.

The university, however, has set June 18 as the date for the philosophy III, questions for which have to be re-framed.

According to Ashis Sarkar, the mistake was made while opening the parcel containing the question papers. “We immediately informed the university about the mistake,” he said.

In Siliguri, Dilip Sarkar, the controller of examinations of the university, said on receiving news about the leak, he had contacted P.K. Saha, the vice-chancellor, who is in Calcutta now. Saha has said the issue will be discussed at the next meeting of the university’s executive council on May 21.

“We have has asked the principal to identify the persons responsible and lodge a police complaint,” the controller said.

The university has also directed Benubadal Chakraborty, the president of the college’s governing body, to check out whether there had been any dereliction of duty on the principal’s part. “In case anything is found, he would be also named in the police complaint,” the controller said.

As news of the question paper leak spread, members of the SFI stopped reporters from entering the college. There was a scuffle between the crew of a local TV channel and the students. “No one was beaten up or any equipment damaged. We had just told reporters not to enter the college as other examinations were also going on,” claimed Hirak Chaki, the SFI’s zonal secretary.

Pradip Barman, a leader of the Forward Bloc’s students’ union, has blamed the college for the leak. “It is because of their negligence that students have to sit for the examination on a later date. They should have been more careful and responsible,” he said.

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