statesman news service
KOLKATA, 28 JUNE: The revised dates of panchayat polls have put University of Calcutta authorities in a fix as both the university examinations and admission procedure in colleges will be badly affected.
Candidates of Part II examinations will be the worst sufferers as the new schedule of the examination, which is yet to be declared by the university, will leave them with only three months to prepare for their final year.
This has become an exceptional year for CU, as the time-table has been rescheduled twice.
"We will write to the State Election Commission to take some schools too, as counting centres. Otherwise, the entire pressure will fall on colleges. The schedule will be disrupted. It can’t be helped. But we want the least disruption," said Prof Suranjan Das, Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University. Since CU has asked all its affiliated colleges not to start admission before 15 July, the admission to colleges will also be affected.
"Still we can advance this date of admission. But we can’t advance the examination dates once postponed," said an official of CU. 
All other state universities are in a similar fix but Part II examinations have been completed in most of the universities. CU having colleges in districts like Howrah, Hooghly, North and South 24-Parganas ~ is in a dilemma as the Part II (General) examinations are yet to be held.
The examinations of BA, BSc (Part II) General was initially scheduled to commence from 18 June. As police personnel deployed for the rural polls scheduled to begin on 2 July began occupying the colleges premises, the university authorities postponed the examinations to 18 July. Now with the dates of rural polls rescheduled on 11 July, 15 July, 19 July, 22 July and 25 July, the examinations are likely to be postponed for another month. 
While this will affect around 62,500 candidates, another 91,500 candidates appearing for the BA, BSc Part I (Honours) would also not be spared the harassment.
The examination was initially scheduled to commence from 9 July. It was postponed to 2 August once. 
Under the circumstances, as Part II examination will commence from August, the Part I examinations will be postponed further.
"We are bound to take the final year examination in April next year. Hence, the Part II examinees will get only three months ~ November, December and January ~ to complete their final year curriculum because the selection test, and practical examinations are to take place in the months of January or February. This is very unfortunate. No one is bothered about the future of the students," said an official of CU.
The West Bengal State University (WBSU) has already postponed its Part I (Honours) examinations to the first week of August. Burdwan University, Sidho-Kanho-Birsa University might have to reschedule the practical examinations of Part II scheduled for July. Vidyasagar University had already postponed its Part I Honours examination from 24 June to 19 July. It will have to be rescheduled again. Kalyani University will also have to postpone its Part I Honours examinations which have once been postponed from 21 June to 19 July.
The State Election Commission secretary, Mr Tapas Ray, said: "The examination schedule is a concern. But we will try to find out the best possible way."