Delhi University's (DU) exam datesheet has left a number of final-year undergraduate students in a fix. Many of their exam dates are clashing with entrance tests of institutions for higher studies.
Hundreds of students across courses such as philosophy, political science, history, economics and sociology will end up missing the entrance test for the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC). Moreover, the dates also threaten their performance in the entrance tests for the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) too.
"I have to appear for the IIMC entrance test on May 21 and it clashes with the exam of my main paper. I will end up missing the test because of this datesheet," said Hina Chandna, a final-year student of philosophy at Hindu College.
Chartered Accountancy papers, scheduled for May 14 and 16, clash with the B.Com (hons) papers. Also, the UPSC entrance test will be held just a day before the university exams, leaving students in a quandary.
"Our first exam is on May 21 and the other entrances start on May 22 and go on till May 25. Our next exam is on May 26. Managing both the tests is going to be tough. I don't know how I'll be able to pull this off," said Muskaan Grover, a final year student of political science at Ramjas College.
The Delhi University Students Union has now approached the office of the Dean of Exams and sought a revision of exam dates. However, officials say that while the process of altering dates is next to impossible, the university will take cognisance of the request forwarded by students.
"There are so many entrance exams all over India that it becomes hard for us to keep track of all of them. The process of finalising the datesheet is extremely complicated. We need to keep in mind the combination of papers across different streams too. If there is some student representation, then we will definitely look into the matter," said a senior DU official.