statesman news service
KOLKATA, 12 JUNE: Owing to rural polls, University of Calcutta finally postponed the dates of Part I and Part II examinations of undergraduate studies, scheduled between mid-June to mid-July which will amount to loss of almost a month in the academic calendar.
BA, BSc examinations, Part II (general and major) were scheduled to start from 18 June.
The university has postponed those examinations to 18 July. BA, BSc Part I (Honours) exams were supposed to commence from 9 July which will commence from 2 August.   
Though the polls are scheduled for 2, 6 and 9 July, colleges will be taken over from end June and until the result are declared on 13 July, normal academic functioning of colleges will be hampered. Some colleges of Howrah, North and South 24-Parganas wrote to the university authorities intimating the problem.
This rescheduling of examinations will affect almost one and a half lakh examinees as there are 91,000 examinees for Part I examination (both honours and general) and 62,500 examinees for Part II (general). 
The examination schedule of CU was similarly hampered during the Assembly election of 2011. The authorities managed the delay by holding examinations later in morning and afternoon sessions. This time, too, the authorities would have to resort to a similar measure as postponement would delay the publication of results, disrupting the academic calendar.