Patna, Oct 11: Kashmir is not a part of India but, a separate country, a class VII question paper prepared by the Bihar Education Board claimed. The error came to light after it was pointed out by a student from Vaishali on Tuesday. The examination, being conducted under the Centre’s Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, which is overseen in the state by the Bihar Education Project Council (BEPC), a wing of the state education department, commenced on October 5 and will end on Wednesday.

The Bihar Board gaffe comes an year after state board Class XII Arts topper Ruby Rai was arrested by the SIT team in Patna. She had reportedly asked her father to ensure that she passes in the exams. Rai came to limelight when a video of her, in which she described political science as a subject that deals with cooking, went viral. Earlier this year, Class XII Arts topper Ganesh Kumar was arrested on charge of forgery of documents.

Reportedly, the question paper, prepared by the state board, asked class VII students across all government schools to name what the people of five countries — China, Nepal, England, Kashmir and India —are called.  When questioned about it, Sangeeta Sinha, the Vaishali district education officer, while speaking to The Times of India, informed that she was on leave when the incident happened and now, will look into the matter as soon as possible.

On the other hand, BEPC state programme officer Prem Chandra accepted that mistake and termed the mistake as ’embarrassing’ while claiming it to be a printing error. Sources in the education department told TOI that BEPC examinations question papers are prepared centrally however, their printing is carried out at multiple locations.