The decision of Panjab University (PU) to extend the last date of submitting the forms for admission through Other Common Entrance Test (OCET) is all set to disrupt the already drawn admission schedule for the forthcoming session.
The varsity had earlier fixed July 2 as the last date for submission of forms, but later extended it to July 9. Though reluctant, the authorities bowed down to pressure exerted by student bodies for extending the dates.
Panjab University Students' Union (PUSU), Students' Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) and National Students Union of India (NSUI), staged protest on the campus to extend the last date.
As per the earlier schedule, the admissions process was to start from July 9. The department of law has already declared July 10 as the date when the merit list will be announced. It will interview the students on July 11. The department of Urdu was to conduct interviews for admission on July 9.
Prof. Nishtha Jaswal, head of law department, said that the schedule of department had already been announced and it would not be possible to make changes. "Schedule is already out and we have no option but to stick to it," Prof Jaswal said.
On the other hand, the students justified their demand, by saying that the OCET result was declared late in PU and applicants hailing from rural areas were not able to access the university website. This year, 1,4853 candidates appeared for the OCET exam.
"More than 1,000 students were not able to submit their forms and the university made the right decision by extending the last date for submission of forms," PUSU campus in-charge Sumit Goklaney said.
Dean students welfare (DSW) Prof Amrik Singh Ahluwalia accepted that the extension in last date for submission of forms would delay admissions.
Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) secretary Mohammed Khalid, however, has urged PU to stick to the schedule approved at various levels. Khalid said senior teachers and other staff toiled hard to prepare the schedule and any alteration would create confusion.