Now, July 21 effect on Jadavpur English test
Calcutta: Jadavpur University has postponed its BA English admission test for a third time, this time under apparent police advice that cited the Trinamul Congress’s annual rally on July 21.
An initial date announcement and a revision were followed by a standoff over the decision to scrap the admission tests altogether. After a student hunger-strike forced a climb-down, JU had scheduled the two-hour English test from noon on July 21.
Campus sources said the test had now been deferred to July 23 following a call from the police to a top varsity official on Friday.
“On July 23, the English admission test would be held from 3pm to 5pm. The rest of the schedule covering five other humanities subjects remains unchanged,” acting registrar Chiranjeeb Bhattacharjee said. Asked if the rally was the reason, Bhattacharjee blamed “some logistic issues”.
Trinamul commemorates “martyrs’ day” every July 21 in memory of the 13 people killed in police firing on July 21, 1993. The July 21 rally usually paralyses the heart of Calcutta.
The JU exam, which over 4,000 students are expected to write, on such a day would have escalated the logistics problem. Besides, thousands of students and their parents might have arrived on the campus the night before to avoid the July 21 congestion.
A clarification: July 15, 2018
The earlier version was edited for brevity.