The reason? The university had failed to provide adequate question papers to the centre. Many question papers also turned out to be blank. To add insult to injury, the exam was delayed by an hour.
Police rushed to the spot and prevented the students from ransacking the examination centre. Three observers deputed by the university to over see the exam, fled in the face of the students’ fury, but returned after sometime and held discussions with the protesting students in the presence of police. The students calmed down after the observers contacted their higher ups in the University and assured that they would hold fresh examinations at the earliest. The students submitted a representation against officials of the University and its centre, Krupanidhi College, Koramangala, in Bangalore, according to police.
Renuka College managed by Raju Academy deals with admissions to the Dravidian University, while Krupanidhi College, Koramangala, deals with examinations. As per notice, the examinations were scheduled between 2 pm to 5 pm on October 24 and 25, for Research Methodology and broad field all disciplines.
As many as 500 candidates had turned up for the examination. There was no news about the question paper distribution even after 3 pm. A few invigilators appeared after 3 pm and distributed the question papers. They soon realised that they had only around 300 question papers, said a few students who appeared for the exam.
Anita, who appeared for the Psychology paper told Deccan Herald: “Things turned chaotic when some of us learnt that many of the question papers distributed were totally blank. The invigilators and officials were speechless when we brought it to their notice.
Situation went out of control when some of them raised voice and started exchanging heated words with officials.”
In no time, those who had failed to receive the question papers barged into various rooms and directed those who were answering the question papers to stop writing. Moreover, they forcibly snatched their answer sheets.
“They did not listen to the officials’ offer to write the questions on the black board. Some of the candidates grabbed the opportunity to indulge in malpractice,” said Mohammad Yusuf, also a student.
There were also heated exchanges between those who received the question papers and who did not. Surya Babu, coordinator, for Dravidian University admissions said his academy looks into only admissions and not examinations.
The exams were scheduled to be held on Oct 9 and 10, but were postponed to 23 and 24.