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Private tutorial link to DU exam fracas emerges

The role of coaching centres operating around North Campus and officials of the examination branch of Delhi University is not being ruled out in the distribution of the replica of a question paper, issued in an earlier examination, to students of B.Com (H) on Thursday.

According to examinees, the financial management paper which was given to for semester examination was also available with various coaching centres near the university campus. Also, this paper was ‘thoroughly discussed’ with students who take classes at these coaching centres. The DU examination department gave the same paper which was given to School of Open Learning (SOL) students in May this year.

Meanwhile, the Commerce department of Delhi University, which is part of the prestigious Delhi School of Economics, has distanced itself from the controversy. “I have taken a statement from the members of the board of question-setters, all senior teachers, that the paper distributed on Thursday was not the one prepared by them. The moderator has also corroborated the statement of the paper setters,” said Professor JP Sharma, head of the Commerce Department.

“We submitted two sets of paper for the financial management examination for fifth semester. Our papers were completely different than what was given to students. Examination department has pool of question paper as stock. But they gave the same paper which was given to SOL students earlier this year,” said a senior teacher in the commerce department.

“This was callous on the part of the examination branch to issue paper which was designed for annual mode examination of the correspondence school students,” the teacher added.

Though Delhi University has appointed a three-member committee to probe the matter, it’s being pointed out that the board is hand-picked to give a clean chit of the OSD in the examination branch, who is the protégé of senior Delhi University official. “Disciplinary action should be immediately taken against the examination branch officials and FIR lodged as its turning out to be a case of corruption,” said Abha Dev Habib, DU executive council member.

The officer on special duty (OSD) examination branch, Satish Kumar Singh, who is prima facie responsible for the ‘fiasco’, refused to respond to the several calls and text messages for clarification on the matter.

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