With just one programmer at its disposal, the Panjab University computer centre has expressed its inability to conduct the Combined Entrance Test (CET) and other entrance examinations for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
The entrance exam for undergraduate courses at PU is scheduled to be held on May 24 and from June 13 to 16 for postgraduate courses.
“In March we start rolling out advertisements, updating department websites and posting the prospectus online. But due to shortage of manpower it will be difficult for the computer centre to work for all departments simultaneously,” a top official at the centre said.
Sources close to the varsity said the computer centre had four programmers till last year but, as they were on contract, three of them quit and the centre was now left with a single programmer.
Nearly 30,000 students appear every year in various entrance tests conducted by the university for admission to its undergraduate and graduate courses.
The computer centre’s director, K Tankeshwar, said due to shortage of staff he had written to the CET assistant registrar and controller of examinations, expressing his inability to assist all PU departments in the entrance examinations process.
“Work related to the exams is under way and we won’t be able to help all the departments,” he added. The university has 20-odd programmers employed in various departments.
However, official sources said very few of them were good in software development. “The university should have provided the programmers before March so that they could be properly trained in time,” the sources added.
When contacted, PU controller of examinations Parvinder Singh said the shortage of programmers was not a big issue and the university had enough time to work on it. “We have programmers in other departments who will be deployed at the computer centre,” Singh said.