CET Bio Paper Leaked, Exam Postponed

BOPEE in Controversy Again; Biology Papers Found in Chemistry Packets

SRINAGAR - In what could be termed as a big blunder on part of the Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE), biology papers were found in chemistry packets in three examination centres of Government Girls Higher Secondary School KhotiBagh.

The Common Entrance Test (CET) for Medical and Engineering Courses was conducted in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, with more than 15,000 candidates appearing in the examination.

On Saturday, the examination of Physics and Chemistry papers was held at various places, including various degree colleges in Srinagar. The biology paper scheduled to be held on Sunday was surprisingly found mingled with the chemistry paper.

Sources said as soon as the packets containing Chemistry papers were opened at Centre numbers 7, 8 and 9 of Government Girls Higher Secondary School KhotiBagh, few biology papers were found in the packets.

The Board officials, Superintendents and the Principal Khotibagh were surprised and they immediately informed higher-ups of BOPEE.

Terming it a grave blunder the Principal GGHSS Khotibagh, Gulshan Sangeen said the packets were opened in front of BOPEE observers and the matter was brought in the notice of the higher-ups soon “I don’t know whether the biology paper will be postponed or not as that is the job of the Board. My duty was to inform the observers and I did that,” said the Principal.

Scores of students alleged that BOPEE was playing with the carriers of the students. “How BOPEE can assure us that its officials have not provided these papers beforehand to the wards of affluent ones. Instead of taking stern action against the guilty, BOPEE will simply postpone the examination and will put thousands of students in trouble. It is a serious matter and it should be thoroughly probed,” said a student, Rumisa Shafi.

When contacted, Chairman BOPEE, R.D.Sharma said, “Let me assure you the Board will take stern action against the guilty. We have decided to postpone the biology paper that was scheduled to be conducted on Sunday.”

When asked the students were levelling allegations against BOPEE, Sharma said the leak was only a human error and the students should not worry at all. “It is the duty of the media to restore confidence among students and make the students believe that these papers were not leaked. If it would have been like that, how could we then postpone the examination of the  paper,” he said.

Pertinently, the credibility and authenticity of the results declared by BOPEE in June 2012 were questioned by parents and aspirants as they had alleged that the then BOPEE Chairman had sold CET papers for a sum of Rs 65 lakh which fetched an amount of Rs 5 Crore to brokers as they allegedly sold those papers to the affluent students.


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