Visakhapatnam: The Andhra University authorities have cancelled the second year degree Chemistry examination, which is slated for Wednesday between 2 pm and 5 pm, following a message from unidentified miscreants just 15 minutes before the commencement of the exam.
According to sources, Registrar Prof V Umamaheswara Rao received the message to his mobile exactly at about 1.45 pm stating that Chemistry question paper was leaked at Narsipatnam. Immediately, he compared the copy of paper sent to him with the office copy before coming to a conclusion to cancel the exam forthwith.
There are three exam centres in Narsipatnam-Government Degree College, Rushi Degree College and Don Bosco Degree College, but it was not mentioned in the message from which college the paper was leaked. Prof Umamaheswara Rao after consulting with In-charge Vice-Chancellor Prof E A Narayana and other senior teachers, he announced the cancellation of the exam.
However, in the remaining exam centres in the limits of Andhra University, the exam began at 2 pm and the candidates have written the exam. The second year degree exams commenced on April 11. The Registrar has sent a three-member committee to Narsipatnam to have first hand information about the leakage and ordered for a probe.
When contacted, Prof Umamaheswara Rao admitting the leakage of the paper said that the exam was cancelled and would announce the date on which date it would be conducted again. “We are already on investigation and basing on the report, we will initiate stringent action against the erring college management by canceling the exam centre and also those responsible for the leakage”, he added.
AU Registrar Prof Umamaheswara Rao further stated that all remaining exams of the degree second year will be conducted as usual and already the team was conducting inquiry. “The university will not hesitate even to cancel the affiliation and other permissions of the particular college or colleges responsible for the question paper leak”, he added.
The HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao was also learnt to have enquired about the leakage from the authorities. AU Registrar Prof Umamaheswara Rao further informed that all remaining exams of the Degree second year will be conducted as usual and already the team was conducting enquiry.
‘The university will not hesitate even to cancel the affiliation and other permissions of the particular college or colleges responsible for the question paper leak which demoralize the sentiment of intelligent candidates’, he added. The HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao was also learnt to have enquired about the leakage from the authorities.