Following the university‚Äôs PU II paper leak last month following which the question paper went viral among the students through WhatsApp, the Bangalore University has now come up with a way to fight fire with fire. The students will now have to videotape the unbundling of the question papers and send the same to the authorities via WhatsApp, after which students will keep the mobile phones aside.
The University‚Äôs novel measure is aimed to curb cheating in the upcoming undergraduate exams scheduled to be held on May 10, which would see over 3.5 lakh students and 2.5 lakh freshers writing the exams. "Last month, II PU question papers were leaked. We don't want such things to happen in BU; we hope videographing will help," KN Ninge Gowda, registrar (evaluation) told Times of India.
With most leaks happening due to illegal opening of the question papers, the students will now videotape the unbundling of the papers, in the presence of a chief superintendent and a squad, following which they will be sent to the authorities.
Cell phones are banned among students as well as authorities and students are expected to hand over their phones once the recording is sent.
With the papers circulated by WhatsApp last month, the BU officials wanted to ban the messaging service on examination days. However, the proposal to ban the service fell through.
In a similar yet, unusual move, the Patna University administration banned shoes in examination centres, asking undergraduate students to come in slippers instead, in a bid to check hiding of chits and papers.