In relief too, the 60 and odd students face a difficult challenge to overcome.
The Patna University students pursuing the MBA course would have to prepare at least six papers in just 45 days to sit for the first semester exam.
The MBA course, popular and most sought-after these days because of its placement opportunities, has got the chancellor’s nod on Monday night to switch to the semester system. The late development has come as a shock to the enrolled students who are otherwise relieved that the semester system would help them in the long run.
The MBA department, too, has to complete its six-month syllabus in just 45 days. Chandrama Singh, the MBA department head, said: “Now the chancellor’s office has given its nod to the semester system introducing six-month test pattern replacing the annual exam, we have to complete the first semester course by mid-January next year.”
An MBA student, enrolled in middle of July, said on condition of anonymity: “It would be double burden for us, as we have to complete our six-month syllabus in just 45 days, which also includes practical besides the theory papers.”
Students in the first semester have to study management process, ethos and values, quantitative techniques, managerial economics, management of environment, accounting principles and technique, accounting for managers. The student further said: “How can the university and the MBA department expect us to study all these in just 45 days while the same is taught over six months in other management institutes?”
According to university sources, Raj Bhavan did not give its nod to nine vocational courses because of some technical reasons last year after they switched from annual exam to the semester system.
However, with beginning of new academic season this year many departments admitted students in the first semester and even started classes in anticipation that their courses would be approved by Raj Bhavan. However, the MBA department, in spite of taking admission of students in the first semester, did not start their classes as their course was not approved by Raj Bhavan.
Also, the departments of rural management and safety management declared their sessions as “zero” as they did not get any student.
Meanwhile, classes in four courses, which are yet to receive the chancellor’s nod, are held regularly and the departments are even ready for first-semester exams. Birendra Prasad, course coordinator of MSc in biotechnology, said: “Our students are ready for appearing in the first semester examination.”
Meanwhile, with the chancellor’s office giving its stamp on semester system in five courses, the university administration is pursuing the chancellor’s office for the rest four.