Bilaspur University cancels exam after Q-paper leak; students ransack VC office

The offices of Vice Chancellor and Registrar of Bilaspur University here were on Tuesday allegedly ransacked by college students, after an examination scheduled for today, was suddenly cancelled by the authorities following a question paper leak.

Bilaspur: The offices of Vice Chancellor and Registrar of Bilaspur University here were on Tuesday allegedly ransacked by college students, after an examination scheduled for today, was suddenly cancelled by the authorities following a question paper leak.

Exam for English subject of FY BSc, which was scheduled to take place today, was cancelled by the university authorities after reports of the question paper leak.

"The university management came to know about the question paper leak in the wee hours. During the verification process, it was found that questions in the photocopy of the question paper were identical to the original," Bilaspur University Vice Chancellor GD Sharma said.

Subsequently, all the 83 examination centers in five districts - Bilaspur, Mungeli, Raigarh, Janjgir-Champa and Korba, which comes under the purview of Bilaspur University were asked to cancel the exam with immediate effect, he said.

After getting to know about the cancellation of exam, students from some colleges affiliated to the university and some students' organisations, stormed into the university campus and ransacked the office of the Vice Chancellor and Registrar Dr Arun Kumar Singh in their absence.

The students damaged tables, chairs and other articles besides threw away some files inside their offices following which the university management informed the police, an official said.

A police team immediately came to the spot and pacified the protesting students, he added.

"Based on the complaints, a case was later registered against the students for ransacking the VC and Registrar offices. Besides, a separate case has also been filed in connection with the leak of exam question paper," he said.

According to the protesting students, Maths question paper for SY BSc and Hindi of FYBA exams, held on March 10 and March 12 respectively as part of annual examination of the university were also allegedly leaked.

Students said they had even complained to the varsity management, but no action was taken on their part.

Over a query in this regard, the VC said, he had not received any information regarding the leak of question paper for the BSc Maths exam held on March 10.

"We had got reports of BA Hindi question paper leak on March 12 evening. Hence, there was no possibility to take any action on that," he said.

According to the VC, the new date of the exam will be announced within next couple of days. 

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