MCA students walk out of exam suspecting paper leak

MCA students walk out of exam suspecting paper leak
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Students of private colleges alleged KU students knew the paper in advance

Irshad Khan

Srinagar: The MCA students from colleges affiliated with University of Kashmir Thursday boycotted a paper they were appearing in, after suspecting a paper leak.
The 4th semester MCA students from SSM College Parihaspora, IITM Hyderpora, and those enrolled with NIELIT Rangreth were appearing for ‘Computer Graphics’ paper at the Kashmir University (KU) along with counterparts from the KU’s Department of Computer Sciences.
The students alleged that their fellow students from the KU “knew the paper well in advance”.
“Before the start of the examination, a student from the main campus showed us questions which were marked as ‘important’. Upon receiving our question papers, we realised that the question paper was known to them. Even the weightage of the questions was the same when we matched the two sets,” a student said.
At the examination centre, the main campus students were even “segregated” from the students of the three institutions, they alleged.
“When we went inside the examination hall, the students of the main campus were already present there, but just before the examination would start, they were taken out to some other place. We do not even know where they were taken,” alleged a student.
“Otherwise, the hall we were in was spacious enough to accommodate all the students,” he said.
Due to apprehensions about the paper being “leaked” to their fellows from the main campus “and they being taken out” to separate examination centres, the students from the three institutions decided to boycott the examination, they said.
“We felt that it was no fun appearing in the examination. We thought it was to fail us,” an aggrieved student said.
Some of the aggrieved students also said that the paper set for the KU main campus was “tougher as compared to other campuses”.
A student said that it was for the first time that different question papers were set for the various campuses.
Head, Computer Sciences Department, KU, Prof Arif Wani refuted the allegations that the paper had been leaked.
“That’s not true. We actually asked them to give evidence for the same, but they were not able to do it,” Prof Wani said.
He said that some students “had circulated the class note on whatsapp,” which the students from the three private institutions took as a paper leak.
“Anybody can circulate any class note to anybody. It doesn’t provide the evidence that the paper was leaked,” he added.
Asked if the examination for the students would be conducted anew, Prof Wani remarked, “Whatever the university statutes are there, we will follow that”.
All the students had not walked out of the examination centre, he claimed.
To allegations that the main campus students were shifted to a separate room, Prof Wani said that it was because “we came to know the hall was not big enough” to accommodate all the students.
However, the students who met the outgoing VC Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi on the issue, said that he assured them that the examination for the paper would be held separately.