LAHORE: Entry tests for the Lahore University of Management and Sciences (LUMS), which were conducted in Lahore last week, were allegedly leaked by a local academy, a source told The Express Tribune on condition of anonymity.
According to claims, a local academy, which specialises in preparing students for entry test examinations of prestigious universities in Lahore, leaked the LUMS Common Admission Test, commonly known as LCAT, a day ahead of the scheduled entry test.
The source further claimed that the owner of the academy leaked the LCAT for students enrolled at his academy. The academy (tuition centre) is also said to have tested students with the leaked entry test paper a day prior to the scheduled LCAT.
The latest admission test, held on February 12, has sparked controversy with rumours swirling around that something similar happened at the LUMS’ School of Science and Engineering, the entry test for which was held on February 11.
However, the administration at LUMS was quick to respond to the allegations, claiming to welcome any evidence which could be included in the already ongoing investigations at the 25-year-old institute.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, LUMS Vice Chancellor Dr Adil Najam said a complaint was brought to his notice two days ago. “We have spent all of today (Tuesday) and yesterday (Monday) investigating this,” he said.
One complaint was passed on to Dr Najam via twitter.
“We will not take this lightly,” said Dr Najam, adding that an inquiry is in process at the institute.
Dr Najam said he had interviewed invigilators at multiple test centres himself, after the situation was brought to his notice. “So far we have found nothing to indicate the test was leaked,” he said. “But we would encourage people to come forward if they have any evidence.”
Explaining the formulation of entry tests, the VC said different parts of the tests are compiled by different sections of the university. He claimed that process was very “stringent” and that people are not even allowed to take cell phones inside.
This is the first time an issue of the sort has surfaced at LUMS after Dr Najam took charge as Vice Chancellor last year. Although he expressed his concern regarding the allegations, he said that students who might not have performed well at the tests could be behind the rumour. “A disgruntled student can at times compromise the integrity of a competent system,” he said.
The admissions office at LUMS, however, said that such rumours were rife every year around the time entry tests are conducted. “The entire process is internal and crystal clear,” said Rabia Ahmed, the head of the Department of the Office of Admissions at LUMS. “We have to maintain the quality of our institute and we ensure that through checks and balances in our testing system,” she said.
Despite dismissing it as “rumours”, the management at LUMS has expressed its resolve to address the situation seriously. “Our 25 years of integrity is at stake,” Dr Najam said. “We will take action if provided with evidence,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 15th, 2012.