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Entrance exam hits language hurdle

Ranchi, March 23: Chaos, protest and boycott marred Ranchi University’s PhD entrance examination today.

Barely 15 minutes past 2pm, about 250 PhD aspirants started protesting against the question paper being solely in English. Their main issue was many students coming from non-English medium background could not understand the question paper.

The protests escalated to such a level that some of the examinees walked out of RU’s multipurpose hall in Morabadi, the venue for the test.

Varsity registrar A.K. Choudhary, however, assured the protesters that a re-examination would be held within 15 days. “Cancelling the test is impossible at this moment. But I have spoken with vice chancellor L.N. Bhagat and we will conduct fresh test for those who do not want to appear today,” said Choudhary, adding that next time the question paper would be bilingual.

Varsity officials, however, had no answer as to why the question paper was not printed in two languages. Hence, when asked, they chose to keep mum.

The students, on the other hand, were quite vocal about their grievances.

“Ideally, the varsity should have informed that the questions would be only in English. There are many students who are from non-English medium background. So, we decided to walk out,” said Shalini Mishra, who was appearing for history paper.

Echoeing Shalini, Sumit Kujur said: “When many of us filled the exam forms in Hindi, it is obvious that we preferred this language. How can RU not consider it?

Around 1,100 students appeared for the exam.


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