Bhubaneswar: The authorities of Biju Patnaik University and Technology (BPUT) on Wednesday decided to hand over the question paper leak case to police and CBI to probe the matter.
“Looking at the gravity of the matter, we have decided to hand over the case to both police and CBI to probe further. Also, we have asked principals of all the colleges to return the question papers in sealed condition so that from prima facie we’ll be able to know about the leakage,” said BPUT Registrar in-charge BL Agarwal.
On Tuesday night, 3rd paper (Controlling Engineering System) of Electronics and Telecommunication’s (ETC) 5th semester got leaked prompting the university authorities to cancel the examination.
“We have notified in our website about the cancellation of the examination scheduled for Wednesday and intimated principals regarding this as well. Though at this stage it will be difficult to trace the leakage, we’ll get a clear picture after obtaining report from the enquiry committee constituted for this,” said Jitendriya Satapathy, VC, BPUT.
The officials however informed that examination for the subject will be conducted on a later date for which notification will be issued.
The varsity authorities swung into action after reports about the leakage flew thick and fast on Tuesday evening. According to reports, dummy question papers were also sent to many aspirants and some media houses.
After verifying authenticity of the matter by crosschecking with the original question paper, the authorities on late Tuesday night decided not to go ahead with the examination, they said.
Expressing concern over the incident, educationists observed that the varsity must look into the way it was conducting the examination. “It’s high time to scan the examination process. While the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) witnessed a similar case last year why these people are not waking up to such incidents which put a question mark on their capability to conduct examinations,” said Ramanath Sahu, an educationist.
“More so while neighbouring Andhra Pradesh can conduct such examinations smoothly with ten times the number of aspirants we have, why can’t we?” asked Sahu.