The exam dates of West Bengal State University in Barasat are also clashing with those of JNU.
A group of JNU aspirants has approached the VCs of the two universities. “Students from Calcutta University have their final-year exams on October 5, 7 and 8 for environmental science between noon and 2pm. But the dates are clashing with JNUEE and, given the timing of exams from 3pm, we have to report an hour before. It is impossible to complete our CU tests at 2pm and then reach the entrance test centres,” said Sagnik Chatterjee, a final-year student of economics Honours and a resident of Behala. Given the current situation, he now plans to appear in the JNU entrance examination next year.
“I live in the Sonarpur-Rajpur area. I have two exams — on October 5 for MA in economics (with specialization in world economics) and on October 7. I was supposed to appear in the entrance examination for PG in development and labour studies department. It is not possible for me to travel to my exam centre in Barrackpore,” he added.
Despite the plea from candidates, there has been no response from either the National Testing Agency (NTA) or CU authorities. “We surely can’t miss our final-year exams. But on the other side, we have our future at stake,” said Sayan Das, a mass com honours student from Asutosh College, who is scheduled to appear in the entrance tests for PG in political science at JNU on October 8.
Several calls to CU VC Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee went unanswered. A senior CU official, however, said: “We have a tight schedule after the apex court and the state government have asked us to hold the final-year and terminal-semester exams in October and publish results by October 31.”