3 Suspended In CU Journalism & Mass Comm Question Mess

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Kolkata: Three have been suspended in Calcutta University second-year journalism and mass communication question mess case.

The appearing for the second paper test of Part II general subject examinations on Friday, got third paper question papers instead. When the undergraduate students realised the goof-up and protested, the Calcutta University (CU) authorities called off the exam 30 minutes after it started at 10am. CU, on its website, wrote that the retest for second paper will be held on June 20.

After the goof-up, an inquiry committee — led by the controller of examination — was set up and asked to furnish a report within an hour. Later, the university’s top officials met Banerjee. “The only response I received in the evening was a paper note mentioning error in exam paper. This was not enough,” the VC said. She added, “As soon I got this information, I rushed to the confidential section and checked the moderated question paper bundles. I found that Das had labelled the paper II lot as paper III and vice versa.”

The VC explained that the error was intentional. “The moderated question papers of second and third papers arrived on separate dates. Even if we assume that Das made a mistake while labelling the set of second paper questions, how could he repeat the same mistake while labelling the bundle of third paper questions,” Banerjee said. Das on Friday wrote to the VC admitting that his mistake led to the mishap.

“The others were issued a show cause notice as they did not perform the responsibilities entrusted on them. Though Das made the mistake, the other two overlooked it,” the VC said.

On Friday evening, the authorities issued show cause notices to the university’s controller of examination and deputy controller of examination over negligence of duty.

The duo to reply within 15 days. Senior assistant Shibaji Das — who works in the confidential section of the controller of examination department — has been suspended and also issued as how cause, informed CU vice-chancellor Sonali Chakraborti Banerjee.

After the exam was cancelled, Banerjee talked to education minister Partha Chatterjee. “I’ve asked the VC to take stern action against anyone found guilty and involved in the matter. I also asked her to exercise caution from now on and boost precaution. We are dealing with the future of students and it cannot be hampered,” Chatterjee told.

While the re-exam for second paper is on June 20, the third paper exam will be held on its scheduled date —June 27. “We will be able to moderate and prepare fresh question papers within the time,” assured Banerjee.

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