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Errors in question papers, limited time, students in disarray

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Engineering students were in disarray as they received question papers with ample amount of errors. On top of that, what added to their agony was that the corrections were communicated via SMS.

The whole rectification process took lot of their time, from 30 minutes to 2 hours, with only an hour to go before the submission time. The corrections were communicated only to center heads, mainly principals,via SMS, event they all were quite surprise to see sheer numbers of errors committed by the question paper setter.

On the other hand, Students of III semester got really annoyed with this mockery of errors and raised their voice by complaining that university has to compensate for the times lost over incorrect questions.

Wednesday's afternoon became a nightmare for center heads as they received six messages containing corrections about engineering question papers. There were two corrections each in the chemical, mechanical and electronic and telecommunications engineering papers.

Center heads or the principals were not happy by the medium of communication. They said that SMS system is not foolproof, but any how, they communicated these corrections to senior supervisor of each classroom.

"Though the supervisors announce the clarifications diligently, there are chances of yet more errors creeping in if, say, more than five corrections come in. Everyday, the university makes at least 10 corrections across question papers for all branches. While some errors are spelling mistakes, at least 50% of the corrections are factual and other errors that render questions invalid," says the principal.

Semester end exams started from 21st November for repeaters and 22nd November for regular candidates and are being held in morning and afternoon slots.

Students of first year, clicked the panic button after six correction were made for about 20 marks in a single question paper. Due to their large number in centers the rectification process became chaotic for them.

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