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Govt spikes PU entrance exam

The state education department on Tuesday scrapped the proposed entrance examination for admission to the colleges affiliated to Patna University this session, a day after submission of filled up forms drew to a close.

State education minister P.K. Shahi said the entrance examination for the session 2012 had been cancelled because the university did not consult the state education department for conducting the test. Shahi said: “Under Section 38(III) of Patna University Act, 1976 it is clearly mentioned that the university should have consulted the state government for conducting the test.”

Patna University did not receive any written nod from the chancellor’s office or from the state government for conducting the entrance test, scheduled from July 2 to July 7.

The state government has sent a notice to the Patna University vice-chancellor (VC) and the registrar, asking them to cancel the entrance exam.

PU registrar V.K. Yadav said: “I have not received any notice from the state government till now. As a result, I cannot make any comment on the issue.”

Repeated attempts to contact the VC, Shambhu Nath Singh, proved futile.

There was confusion over the entrance test among the students as well as faculty after education department secretary S. Shiv Kumar said the state education department had not received any letter from Patna University seeking permission for holding the test. “The Patna University Act mandates that the university takes permission from the state government for starting new courses or holding entrance tests,” he had said.

Shahi said if any university was planning to introduce an entrance test for admission, it should have consulted with other universities for maintaining uniformity. In that case, the rest of the varsities could have also opted for the test.

The minister said the state government also decided to put the brakes on the examination because a large number of students from rural background take admission in Patna University every year and the introduction of the entrance test at the last moment would have made things difficult for them.

The university had first announced it would conduct the entrance test in the third week of April. The forms were sold till Monday, also the last day for submitting the forms.

If form sales were anything to go by, the students were open to the entrance test. Around 4,200 forms were sold at Patna Science College. Magadh Mahila College sold 2,921 forms for science and humanities streams.

When the Patna University colleges started selling forms, there was initially a slight slide in demand compared to previous years. Four factors had put the brakes on the usual rush.

First, lack of confidence among a large section of students on their ability to crack the entrance test. Another group was clueless on the question pattern of the test.

Some of those keen to switch stream were confused on which subject they would have to take the test. Hike in form price — Rs 150 for application form and Rs 150 for written test — also pulled down the sale of forms.

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