Initiative To Check Malpractices
The students of Savitribai Phule Pune University would have to report for exams at least 30 minutes before their scheduled time of commencement.
The university advanced the students' reporting time for exams on the lines of secondary and higher secondary board examinations after a few papers went viral on social media during exams in AprilMay this year. Ashok Chavan, the controller of examination, SPPU, said, “The precautionary measures were being taken considering the incidents of question papers found on smartphones before the exam started.“
The question papers of second-year mechanical engineering were out 45 minutes before the exam time on WhatsApp of students at an exam centre in Wagholi this year. Till now, students were allowed to enter the exam centre 30 minutes before the exam time and the cut-off point was 10 minutes before the official time of exam.
Earlier, the exam centres were emailed question papers an hour before the exam started. After the paper leak incidents, the university started emailing the question papers only 20 to 25 minutes before the start of exam.
Chavan said, “Colleges and institutes have been asked to conduct strict identity and security checks when students entered the exam hall and it has been notified that cellphones would not be allowed“ The Central Board of Secondary Education made it compulsory this year for medi cal aspirants to report for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) at least one hour before the exam time.
In March, the mathematics and statistics paper for the commerce stream of higher secondary certificate board exam was leaked on WhatsApp. The state board is thinking of scrapping the 10-minute question reading time given to examinees.
After the series of paper leaks, the state board reissued rules over the use of cellphones and the internet in a circular.