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Holiday hurdle in form process

The closure of Patna University for almost a week (April 15 to 20) owing to the general election and Good Friday has ensured that postgraduate students get only two days to fill up their examination form.

The last date for filling up the form is April 22 (Tuesday).

According to sources, many students come to know about the last date from newspapers.

Amit Kumar, a first semester student of masters in rural studies, said: “I came to know about the filling up of the form from the newspaper today (Sunday). It would be tough for me to arrange all documents in a single day.”

He added: “Though the university claimed of issuing notice regarding filling up of examination forms from April 15, the university was closed last week on account of the polls and Good Friday.”

Even the teachers were unaware about the last date for filling up the forms. A history teacher of Patna University said: “We were not informed about the last date for filling up the examination forms.”

As a damage control exercise, the teacher informed students about the last date on Sunday morning.

However, the university administration claimed it had informed the department heads about the last date for filling up forms.

Patna University examination controller B.K. Jamuar said: “The university administration had informed department heads about the last date of filling up forms.” He also hinted at an extension of the date. Jamuar said: “Some students’ organisation had submitted a plea regarding extension of the form-fill up date. The examination department would submit the plea before university vice-chancellor Y.C. Simhadri. He would take the final decision.”

Sources said the university administration, in its attempt to regularise the academic calendar, has decided to complete all examinations before May 31 so that the next academic session can start on time.

Sources said in doing so, the university administration has even cut short sessions. Sources added that there many departments have completed the six-month syllabus in just a month.

The varsity administration, to complete the syllabus on time, has also asked the college principals, department heads and the dean to organise extra classes to complete the courses before time. However, the negative aspect of completing the syllabus before time is that professors would teach three/four-month courses in just a month.

Another student of the department of rural studies, said: “Our first semester examination started on the third week of March. The second semester examination is likely to start from the third week of May. During that period, both practical as well theoretical papers would be held.”

He added: “To complete the syllabus before time, professors are not teaching topics in a detailed way but simply going through the contents of the course.”

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