PU Department rules out paper leak, re-exam

Even before the Physics exam began on Wednesday, rumours were making the rounds that the question paper had been leaked.

It all started when police arrested two persons and seized a script with “similar questions” from their possession in Gubbi town of Tumkur district. But it did not really match with the actual paper.

Refuting what he called  “mischievous” rumours spread by miscreants, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri said that the question paper was not leaked anywhere in the State.

‘Rumours far from truth’

“Rumours of the paper being leaked are far from truth. Such reports are nothing but falsities,” Kageri told reporters at the Vidhana Soudha.  The matter was being investigated and rumour-mongers would be punished, he added.

R Basavarajappa, Joint Director (Examinations) of the Department, said “The original paper (given to students) was not leaked. The confiscated script had only a few similar questions from the actual paper. After a thorough verification, we decided not to cancel the examination,” Basavarajappa told Deccan Herald.

24 debarred

As many as 24 students were debarred across the State during the II PUC examination on Wednesday. According to the Department of Pre-University Education (PUE), Bijapur district accounted for 10 debarments, whereas two students each were caught in Bangalore North, Gadag, Haveri, Gulbarga, and Hassan districts. One student each was caught in Bagalkot, Chikkballapur, Bellary, and Raichur districts.

Exam stress: II PU student ends life

Unable to cope with the examination stress, a II PU student committed suicide at Rampur Gate in Srirangapatna, Mandya district.

Sachin, son of a village accountant in Subhash Nagar, Mandya, was a student of Abhinav Bharati PU College.

After writing the mathematics examination on Monday, he left home and did not return. He had called his friends on Monday night from Srirangapatna and told them that he had not fared well in chemistry and mathematics examinations.

A meritorious student, Sachin had scored 95 per cent in Class X. He was aspiring to pursue MBBS. He was depressed that he would not be able to score well in the two subjects, his friends said.

His body was found on the railway track on Wednesday. Police said he threw himself under the Bangalore-bound Tipu Express train from Mysore. His body was handed over to his parents after post mortem.

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