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July date for Utkal test

Bhubaneswar, July 11: Utkal University has decided to bring forward the date for the entrance test of chemistry department from July 20 to July 18.

This decision has been taken, as the dates clashed with the entrance dates of North Odisha University. The time for the entrance for the physics department has been changed from 11.30am to 10am.

Today, the last date for filling up forms, the varsity received a total of around 16,000 forms. This included about 8,000 online forms. The numbers are, however, about 4,000 less than last year. The university had received about 20,000 forms last year. Varsity authorities, however, said the e-admission process, which has been introduced for the first time, has been a success.

“On the whole, the process was a success. We received about 8,000 online and 8,000 offline forms. There were hiccups as we were short of technical hands, but things will hopefully improve by next year,” said PG council chairman P.K. Mishra.

Although the exacts figures were yet to arrive, the literature, humanities and social science departments are reported to have received a large number of forms this time. The Sanskrit honours course received 400 forms for 44 seats. There were 1,025 forms for the 48 seats of MCom, which is almost the same as last year.

However the self-financing Masters in Finance and Control received a setback, as there were only 465 forms as compared to 800 forms last year.

The department of women studies and sociology have also reported a drop in the number of forms received. The department of women studies received only 18 forms.

“Yet another reason for the low turnout for financial courses is the eligibility criteria at Utkal university, which has been kept at 50 per cent, while it is just 40 per cent in other colleges,” said a senior academician.

However, students in far-flung areas are said to benefit from the online system. “These students were saved from the trouble of travelling all the way to Bhubaneswar and could fill up their forms home,” said Mishra.