Goa Univ cancels two MBBS exams after paper leak, orders probe

Last Updated: Monday, January 3, 2011 - 17:25

Panaji: Goa University on Monday cancelled two
MBBS final year exams after alleged leakage of question papers
at Goa Medical College here.

The question papers of General Medicine-I and General
Medicine-II were leaked to students prior to the exam, Goa
Medical College Dean V Jindal told reporters.

After cross checking the leaked papers with the original
sets, it was found that mostly all the questions matched, he
said, adding, a three-member committee has been formed to
inquire into the incident.

"This is a very serious offence. The inquiry committee
will submit its primary report within 48 hours while a
detailed inquiry is in progress," Goa University Vice
Chancellor Dilip Deobagkar told PTI.

The University cancelled two papers - General Medicine I
and II - immediately after a local newspaper report about the
question papers being leaked was brought to the notice of the
authorities, he said.

"From the handwritten paper which was leaked, 14 out of
16 questions were matching. Hence we decided to cancel the
General Medicine-II paper scheduled for today and the General
Medicine-I paper conducted yesterday also stands cancelled,"
the VC said.

About 100 students were to write the paper that was
cancelled today, hours before its scheduled time.

The authorities are now trying to verify how the leakage
occurred, even as prima facie it appears that the question
papers were dictated to a group of students by a faculty
member, Deobagkar said.

"The paper setting system that we have is foolproof and
universal," he said, adding that the entire system
would be reviewed considering the leakage.

Jindal said three external and one internal examiner sets
different papers which are later handed over to the moderator
who blends all and makes three sets of papers.

"These sets are sent to Goa University for printing and
no one knows who is the printer. The final set in a sealed
envelop is sent to the Dean, who opens it minutes before the
examination," he said.

Making the procedure more watertight, the examination
coordinators open the sealed envelopes in front of the
students and signatures of two students are taken, who certify
that the papers were in a sealed packet, the Dean said.

The exams have been re-scheduled and the next date would
be announced soon, Jindal said.

PTI



First Published: Monday, January 3, 2011 - 17:25

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