The question papers for the ongoing BA exams were opened a day earlier in Surat university

ABVP has demanded an inquiry from the Vice-Chancellor of Veer Narmad South Gujarat University (VNSGU) after authorities at MTB Arts College in Surat opened three question papers of Semester 4 Bachelor of Arts (BA) a day before the exam . An investigation team, consisting of four professors and headed by Professor Falguniben Thakker, has been appointed to investigate the incident.

On Saturday, ABVP members staged a dharna at the VNSGU campus and handed over a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor Dr. Kishorsinh Chawda demanding a committee of inquiry to take action.

Sources said the college authorities have also asked for CCTV footage from the strong room of MTB Arts College.

The university authorities used to send question papers on the eve of the exam to the affiliated colleges in Surat. Sources in the university said that as per the norms, the sealed question packets should be opened only on the day of the exams.

The 3rd semester exams for Arts students started on October 11 and students were giving offline exams in the college campus. The ABVP leaders learned that the Principal-in-charge of MTB Arts College had adopted the practice of opening the question papers on the eve of the examinations. ABVP members contacted the principal and sought an explanation on the same.

“On October 11, we opened the question pack on the same day of the exams, but we faced many problems due to shortage of staff. We even had to separate the OMR sheet from the question papers so it takes a lot of time. On the 12th, 13th and 14th of October we decided to open the bundles sealed the day before in the evening in a strong room and separate them so that we could deliver them to the students on time the next day at 11.00 am. I and two others, including an assistant and a teacher, were involved in separating the OMR and question papers in the chamber,” Bhavnaben Champaneria, director-in-charge of MTB Arts College, told The Indian Express.

“The university should have sent question papers and OMR sheets separately but the workload had been put on the university authorities. No exam paper was leaked and we worked carefully. Today we opened the sealed packet at the university on the same day of the exam. We also have CCTV footage and will hand it over to the VNSGU investigation team,” he added.

ABVP Surat secretary Manoj Jain said, “The document has not been leaked but it was opened a day ago in the strong room of MTB college. We want the college to put paper and OMR sheet separately to the affiliated colleges so that these incidents cannot be repeated and also check whether irregularities occur in MTB College or not”.

VNSGU VC Dr Chawda said, “We have set up a team to investigate the allegations made by the ABVP. We will also work towards sending question papers and OMR sheets separately.”

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