Presidency University is facing controversy over its 2018 admission tests once again, and this time it is the English Department in the dock. The admission test question paper handed out to candidates in centres throughout the city on May 12 had glaring mistakes. The department blamed West Bengal Joint Entrance Board for the errors.
Although the Board conducts the examinations, in case of the English department, the faculty prepares the questions. The Board then takes the paper & gets it ready for distribution in the exam hall. The questions are all multiple choice type and students use an OMR (optical mark recognition) sheet to mark the answers.
However, the department faculty have claimed that the paper handed out to the students does not match the one they had prepared.
WBJEEB chairman Malayendu Saha said, “I cannot comment on the matter right now. I shall have to check.”
“We were aghast when we saw the question paper. It is full of errors. We were surprised because our questions cannot have so many errors. When we crosschecked, we opened a can of worms! Can you imagine the message this sends out to the people?” a shocked professor exclaimed.
“This shows the amount of disrespect the organisers have for the candidates,” said a girl who appeared for the test.
“It wasn’t like we had come to Presidency University to write the paper, but to some less reputed institution. This is not at all expected from Presidency University! We have decided to put the question paper up on social media.” Said another girl. The two girls wrote their papers at Institute of Engineering and Management and Moulana Azad College Centre.
Head of the department Sumit Chakraborty was extremely upset. “Yes these errors are shameful but we don’t recognise this question paper. It is definitely not what we had given to the Board,” Chakraborty said.
“In fact, the entire test has upset us. We wanted a subjective test for English to check candidates’ proficiency. But no one agreed!” he added.