BU panel to probe question paper goof-up

Besides, the University issued notices to the chairmen of the Boards of Studies and Examination seeking an explanation for the mess.

On Tuesday when examinations for undergraduate courses began, thousands of BCA I Semester students were left high and dry after they were given the wrong question paper which was set as per last year's syllabus.

The mistake apparently occurred because BSc and BCA I semester students earlier shared the same question paper for Kannada language.

The exam has since been put off to November 22 between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm. While the syllabus for BSc had been kept intact, BU's Board of Studies (BoS) revised the curriculum for BCA before the semester began in June. A few students who came prepared for last year's syllabus, however, were able to take the test.

Many students feared that the Board's mistakes might mar their chances of securing admissions for higher studies.

"Bangalore University is famous for making such mistakes. But, this will definitely create a wrong impression about us in the minds of people from industry as well as academia," said a student.

As a damage control measure, Vice-Chancellor N Prabhu Dev said that those responsible for it will not be spared.

"We are yet to fix the responsibility. As per our records, the lecturer of AES National College, Gauribidanur (Chikkaballapur district) who set the question paper was apparently ignorant of the change in syllabus. Ideally, the Boards of Studies and Examination should have kept him abreast of such a change. But if they didn't, they'll have to face the music," he told Deccan Herald.

Strict action

The V-C also said strict action would be taken against the official within the next ten days.

He, however, said the findings of inquiry would be placed before BU's S Ramakrishna Committee which would then recommend the action to be initiated. Based on this, the Academic Council would take the final call.

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