Bharathidasan University justifies using last year’s question papers for semester exam


TRICHY: Bharathidasan University has drawn flak from teachers for using question papers printed for last year’s semester exams in the online exams which began last month and were put off after four days. However, the university has justified it saying there was nothing wrong in it. While online semester exams were held for a few subjects from May 5, it was subsequently postponed following the surge in Covid -19 cases.

The university has been conducting semester examination in hybrid mode. In this mode, question papers are mailed on the day of exam to the student who have to write it at home and submit the answer scripts in person at the respective colleges after the three-hour exam.

Students who appeared for the first two exams found it strange to see a correction on top of the question paper. They learned that last year’s question paper was given to them after changing the month and year from April 2020 to April 2021 which was visible. One of the students sent the paper to his teacher who checked it with that of last year but found the questions to be different.


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“While it was not the same question paper for which students appeared this year, the correction could have been avoided as it affects the credibility of such a reputed university,” said the teacher. Controller of examination S Srinivasaragavan told TOI: “Usually we receive two sets of papers from the question setters from other universities for each subject. One often goes unused which is used by changing the month and year. We decided to utilise the question papers set for last year as we didn’t want to waste them,” he said.

AUT general secretary M S Balamurugan said it was a dent on the integrity of the university. “Old question papers are usually not used. This has left the university exposed of its inefficiency. When there are corrections in the question paper, it is natural for students to have doubts. The office of the controller of examination should have prepared a fresh set,” he said while demanding a probe by the university into the matter.

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