The end-semester exams for the final year students commenced from July 7. Each faculty member was asked to make 500 questions and upload to the question bank for the scheduled online multiple choice question papers.
The university introduced multiple choice computer-based classroom exams for final year students in 2015. However, due to the COVID-19 and subsequent closure of the campuses, the university decided to conduct the exams online using the internet. The faculty members and university administration has been receiving mails from students from underserved areas such as Jammu and Kashmir and various states of North East region facing network issues as well as availability of digital screens.
According to a faculty member, “A good number of faculty and officials in the university administration received a mail from ‘ProtonMail’, it appears to be written by a student which claims they have all the solved question papers. A link is given and when we click it takes us to an application where one can access all the question papers.” A copy of the mail and the link was accessed by the TOI to verify the claim.
“Another goof up, which indicates how easily systems can be hacked. The university should rectify its mistakes and take remedial measures in the best interest of the students immediately,” said Rajib Ray, president, Federation of Central University Teachers Associations.
The university on Wednesday issued a notice stating that the end-semester examinations are being postponed till further orders and revised schedule and guidelines will be notified shortly. Despite phone calls and text messages, the registrar and dean examinations could not be contacted.
According to a senior official of the university who was present in the emergency meeting convened on Thursday, it was decided that the pending examinations will be conducted by the departments individually. The departments were notified of the decision on Thursday afternoon.
“This decision is against the statute of the university by passing on its responsibility to the departments. Moreover, the departments don’t have the technical know-how to conduct online examinations,” said a faculty member.