On Thursday, it was the Physics paper; English will now be held on March 29, Maths on April 3

Struggling to recover from the criticism it has come under for the postponement of exams following question paper leak of two subjects, the Department of Pre-University Education has decided to reschedule the remaining examinations.

In the ongoing final examinations, exams for two subjects — Mathematics and Physics — were postponed following revelations of the question papers being leaked in various parts of the State.

Announcing the revised timetable at a press conference here on Thursday, Director of PU Education Rashmi V. Mahesh said that the department was “re-starting the entire examination process”.

According to the revised time table, the Physics exam has now been scheduled for March 27, while the Maths exam will be held on April 3. The English exam to be held on Monday (March 26) has been postponed to March 29, reportedly following rumours of the paper being leaked.

However, Ms. Mahesh refused to confirm this. “The timetable has been rescheduled so that there is at least a day's gap between the exams so students aren't taxed,” she said. Asked if all the question papers have been changed, she did not give any information.

Appealing to parents and students to remain calm and not heed to rumours, she said, “We are doing everything we can to preserve the sanctity of the exams. All precautions and protocols are being followed. The question paper leak is a matter of investigation, but at our level we have initiated actions.”

Meanwhile, the State government and PU Department had to face brickbats from various sections. While the Bangalore South Parliament Youth Congress Committee demanded the resignation of Minister Vishveshwara Hegde Kageri, student organisations protested against the failure of the authorities concerned to protect the question papers. The Students' Federation of India (SFI) has demanded a CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) inquiry in the matter.

“We don't want the government to make arrests and claims just for show. We want action to be taken on the tuition mafia which is behind this. The culprits have to be jailed, and their licence to teach has to be cancelled,” said a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), which staged a protest in front of the office of the PU Department earlier in the day.

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