The Mumbai university has decided that the 741 TYBCom students who appeared for the leaked human resource management paper on April 4 won't have to undergo a re-exam and will be evaluated on the same paper.
The students appearing for the exam at Parmeshwaridevi Durgadutt Tibrewala College, Andheri, and Indira Gandhi College, Vikhroli, had answered the exact same paper which was leaked in Kalyan hours ahead of the exam because the two colleges had failed to follow instructions from the office of university's controller of examination.
The decision was taken during a Board of Examinations meeting on Tuesday after a two-member committee set up by KJ Somaiya College principal Vijay Joshi submitted its recommendations. The committee made its recommendations on the basis of the call records and a visit to the colleges.
"Police inquiry has suggested that the leak was a localised phenomenon and reached only a small group of students. Also, when we spoke to the students and teachers, we realised the exam was taken in the true spirit and students came to know about the leak only after appearing for the paper," said Joshi.
"The paper-setters create three sets of the same difficulty level for each exam. Hence, all the students have appeared for a similar paper and neither of the groups (those who took the leaked paper and those who took the new set) is at a disadvantage."
Based on the above-mentioned reasons, the committee recommended that the students must not be made to undergo the trauma of a re-exam for no fault of theirs.
The committee has accessed call and SMS records made available by the university's technical department and recommended that appropriate action be taken against the two colleges.
"We have concrete evidence that the message was sent from the university to the colleges well in time. The principals and IT coordinators of both centres have accepted that they had received the communication but it was too late to make a change. However, while the unfortunate incident was unintentional, it is unpardonable. Hence, we have recommended that appropriate action be taken against the colleges," said Joshi. A decision on the possible action is yet to be made.