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July exam request in bin

- Varsity pharmacy students to lose one academic year

Aryabhatta Knowledge University (AKU) has rejected the demands of students of Government Pharmacy Institute, Patna, to conduct examination in July.

The university has categorically stated that the examination cannot be conducted before March 2015 according to rules.

The third- and fourth-year students of the pharmacy institute had boycotted the examination in March. Now, they are demanding that their examination be conducted in July so that a full academic year could be saved.

The AKU came out with the examination schedule of nursing first-, B-pharma third- and final-year students of the Government Pharmacy Institute in February this year stating that their examination will commence from February 26. It then re-scheduled the examination to March 26, owing to matriculation examination in the state.

On finding out that their centre has been allotted to St Xavier’s College of Education, Digha, the students protested stating that the centre allotted to them was too far from their college and that a lot of time will be wasted in reaching the test venue.

The students also got favours from Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) students who had also boycotted their examination in December 2013 but their exam was re-conducted in March this year.The pharmacy students alleged that bowing under pressure of the medicos, the university had re-conducted their examination and also shifted their centre from College of Commerce to Patna Science College but refused to change the centre for the pharmacy students. This evoked protests by the pharmacy students who alleged bias on the part of the university.

Student leader Rajesh Kumar of final-year pharmacy said: “We were already four months behind schedule because the examination should have been conducted in December 2013. When the university came out with the examination schedule in March, it allotted St Xaviers College of Education as a test centre. This was unacceptable. We met the AKU vice-chancellor Uday Kant Mishra and requested him to shift the centre but he was adamant.”

Rajesh alleged that the VC acted in an arbitrary manner and the university authorities informed them that no examination could be conducted this year and that this was their punishment for not sitting for the test.

“If the university does not conduct the examination in July, we all will be a year behind in our studies,” said Rajesh adding if by March 29 the university does not come out with an amicable solution they will force close the college indefinite.

On the other hand, the students have also approached the Bihar Human Rights Commission in this regard.

However, one highly placed official of AKU on condition of anonymity said: “The students’ demands are baseless. According to the rules, if someone boycotted the examination in a given year he or she is liable to sit in the examination next year only. So going by this rule, examination cannot be conducted before March 2015.”

However, sources said the university is ready to conduct the examination in October this year itself so as to save one academic year of the students.

The official also dismissed the allegation of pharmacy students that under pressure it re-conducted examination of PMCH and NMCH students saying it was altogether a different matter as the medics had boycotted the examination on plea that the questions asked in the examination were out of the syllabus which was found true when enquired upon.