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Varsity gears up for second semester test

Patna University would hold the second semester postgraduation examinations of regular and vocational courses in the second week of January after chancellor D.Y. Patil approved the system for five vocational streams.

The examination of second semester postgraduate (regular courses) would start on January 8. According to the university’s earlier examination dates, the second semester postgraduate examination of MA and MSc was scheduled to start on November 19 but because of protests from vocational course students, the examination was postponed.

The self-financing course students had protested because many vocational streams under the new semester mode was yet to get the chancellor’s approval, while the university had gone with the idea of holding MA and MSc examinations.

University vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Sinha said: “Since the Raj Bhavan has approved the semester system to all vocational courses, we would start the postgraduation examinations of traditional as well as vocational courses soon.”

On Monday, Patil approved of the semester system for five postgraduate vocational courses — rural studies, women’s studies, environmental science and management, biotechnology and biochemistry.

On November 25, the Raj Bhavan had approved of MBA, masters in finance control, MA in safety management and masters in social welfare. The VC added that soon after the winter vacation, the university would conduct a meeting of all directors of vocational courses to fix the second semester examination dates of vocational courses.

The students are happy that the university has finally decided to conduct the second semester examinations.

Ravi Kumar, a second semester geology student, said: “We are happy that the university has solved their problems regarding the regular and vocational courses. Because of the delay in fixing examination dates, our session is running eight months late. By this time, the third semester classes should have started.”

Last year, because of some technical reasons, the Raj Bhavan did not approve the nine vocational courses after their switch from yearly examination pattern to the semester system.

This year, with the beginning of the new academic session, many departments anticipating that the Raj Bhavan would approve their courses, had admitted students in the first semester and have even started classes. However, the MBA department did not start classes because the Raj Bhavan had not approved the course.