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CU gives in to students’ wish

Calcutta University has pushed back a postgraduate examination after students said they weren’t prepared because the syllabus wasn’t completed.

The MA Part-I and Part-II exams of journalism and mass communication department, scheduled from September 17, have been deferred to November 3.

“We have decided to defer the exams because the students said they are not through with their preparation. The exams would be held after a gap of one-and-a-half month in early November,” said registrar Basab Chowdhury, who heads the department.

First-year and second-year classes had started in September and November last year, respectively.

The students pressed for postponement of the exam on the ground that teachers hadn’t completed the syllabus. “Of 700 theory classes allotted in the first year, only 400 classes have been held. Practicals have been due too,” alleged Budhaditya Bhattacharyay, a first-year student of journalism.

Professor Tapati Basu, who once headed the department, denied the charge. “We have completed our syllabus.”

Source said the journalism and mass communication department has earned notoriety over the years for delayed publication of results. The department stands accused of publishing results a year after the postgraduate exams were held.

University sources said members of the Trinamul-led students’ union have supported those who had demanded deferment of the exam. “We informed the union about our grievances,” said a student.

A CU teacher said the university had set a “bad precedent”. “Citing similar demands, students of English had put pressure on professors seeking deferment of the MA Part-I and MA Part-II exam from June to July. The department head had conceded to the demand. We are seeing a repeat now.”