Tribune News Service
Amritsar, March 4
Students who appeared for BA/BSc 1st semester exam (quantitative techniques) conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University on March 3, pointed out errors in the question paper as two parts carrying 15 marks were ‘factually wrong’. According to students, two parts of question 1 in paper I, were wrong; part 1 (a) pertaining to solve a linear equation and part 1 (c) related to solving a quadratic equation.
Students had a choice to answer any five questions out of eight. Those who attempted the first question used more time in solving the equation, not realising that the question was wrong.
“I attempted the question and spent 20 minutes in solving it. Later, I discussed the question paper with my mentor and he told me that the equations mentioned in both the questions had errors,” said a student.
Sanjay Sharma of the Parents’ Welfare Association and a teacher said a few students approached him with the question paper. “The errors were brought to my notice while discussing the paper. I plan to take this matter with the university’s authorities as 15 marks are significant,” he said.
Prof Amrik Singh, who teaches statistics at Khalsa College, and maths to postgraduate and undergraduate students for the past 37 years, said, “In question 1 (a) the equation is not a linear equation and 1 (c) is also wrong unless there is a sign of equality (=), which seems to be missing. Until it is not there, it is not an equation.”
Meanwhile, GNDU authorities have been waiting for an official complaint to take up the matter into consideration. “We will take note of the matter when someone reports it officially. These are technical matters and action can only be taken after getting expert opinion of the Board of Studies Chairman and people who have set the paper,” said Prof Manoj Kumar, Controller Examination, GNDU.
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