After repeated leaks of question papers, the Mumbai University (MU) is taking extra precautions as engineering terminal exams are set to begin in the city.
Professors can no longer set the question paper anywhere and then send it to the controller of examinations. They will have to come to the examination house at the Kalina campus of MU and set the paper in a group under the vigil of authorities.
Following a series of paper leaks, especially in the engineering stream, the MU has implemented different reforms in the process of conducting exams.
Recent investigations found out that papers were leaked during the handing over of the set question paper from the professor to examination authorities. Now, the committee of professors formed to the paper will have to work under strict vigilance.
Subhash Deo, director of examinations, MU, said, "The move has been taken to ensure that there is no provision of any leak in this process. Professors will be coming to the exam house to set question papers. They will not be allowed to take anything inside the room where the committee will set different question papers. Stationary including pens, paper, curriculum books will be provided by the varsity. The entire room will be under strict CCTV surveillance."
According to information provided by a member from the committee of exam reforms, a committee of three professors to set question papers for each subject will continue to exist. One committee will set three question papers. The question papers will then be handed over to the controller of examinations by the chairperson of the committee before leaving the examination house.
Out of the three options, one will be sent for the exam. In the next exam session, the committee will set another set of three papers, giving more options and reducing the chances of a leak.