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Poll shadow on exam

The Lok Sabha election schedule is likely to result in the postponement of several exams. The state joint entrance exam, however, will remain unaffected.

“The state JEE will be held as scheduled. We have spoken to the administration and they have assured us of all help to hold the exams on April 19 and 20,” JEE board chairman Bhaskar Gupta said on Wednesday evening.

Soon after the Election Commission of India announced the dates for the Lok Sabha polls on Wednesday morning, the authorities of Calcutta, Presidency, Jadavpur and Rabindra Bharati universities scrambled to reschedule their examinations, most of which are slated to begin between mid-April and mid-May.

The exams to be held after the polls, too, can be deferred in chain effect.

The revised dates are likely to be announced next week.

In Bengal, the elections will be held on April 17, 24 and 30, and May 7 and 12. Calcutta will go to polls on May 12.

Many educational institutions serve as poll booths and are taken over a week before voting day. They are handed back to the authorities four to seven days after the poll.

Calcutta University will have to reschedule all its undergraduate exams, affecting more than 3 lakh examinees, a university official said.

“We will have to defer the dates of all our undergraduate exams as they coincide with the Lok Sabha elections. We are trying to announce the revised dates on Monday. We will ensure that the students are not inconvenienced by the new dates,” vice-chancellor Suranjan Das said.

Part III students at the university are worried most because the deferment of exams will lead to a delay in announcement of the results.

“If our exams are postponed, the date of the publication of the results, too, will be pushed back. A delay in the publication of the results will jeopardise our chances of getting berths at institutes in other states or abroad,” said a BSc Part III student.

Vice-chancellor Das, however, said the students would not be inconvenienced as provisional mark sheets would be issued to every student who would want to take admission at institutes outside Bengal.

The semester exams of Presidency University were slated from May 12. The dates will be rescheduled, said a campus source.

At Jadavpur University, the undergraduate exams in science and engineering will be postponed, an official said. Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhuri, vice-chancellor, Rabindra Bharati University, said they would have to postpone the semester and annual exams of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.