Bihar, infamous for question paper leaks, reached a new low on Tuesday, when 94 students of the Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University (TMBU) could not write their last paper of the second semester postgraduate Hindi exam, as the question papers were not printed. But that is not the big news. Big news is the reason given by the university authorities, who said that they thought students would be already having the papers with them.
The visuals of mass cheating in the Bihar School Examination Board exams in 2015, followed by the intermediate toppers’ scam a year later and the recent question paper leak of the Bihar Staff Selection Commission examination for appointment of clerical staff made the university staff believe that the students would already have received the leaked papers and there’s no point wasting tax payers money in printing the papers.
Our Faking News reporter spoke to one such student named Shwetank Srivastava and he had this to say, “I agree that we had the leaked papers, but we had never carried leaked papers to the exam hall in previous cases. University should have told us in advance that we have to carry those papers. First we pay a hefty amount to buy the papers, then we stay awake full night to prepare the answers, so it is a shame on the part of the university that the exam is postponed. Who will return us the money and effort we spent.”
The University officials have clarified that the questions will not be changed for the exams to be held at a later stage, giving a major relief to the protesting students. Parent associations have appealed the government to formulate strict actions against the university which gave them heart attacks on the day of the exam, as it was their hard earned money which was at stake here.
The problem with Bihar government is that most of its ministers don’t have an experience in writing exams before so its tough for them to understand the pain caused to the students.