Around 20,000 students appearing in the exams under the Punjab Technical University distance education programme across the country were inconvenienced on Saturday as they did not get the admit cards on time.
The students were not issued roll numbers, which has to be done at least a week ahead of the exam.
Around 400 students of the state, who were without roll numbers, were allowed to sit in the exam an hour late both during the morning and evening papers.
Officials at the learning centres, on condition of anonymity, said the PTU is outsourcing work of holding exams to private companies, which was earlier done by the regional and learning centres.
“We have sent around 10 mails to the university to send in roll numbers of the students, but to no avail. Earlier, the regional and learning centres used to do this work but now the university has outsourced the work to private companies,” said a regional centre official, on condition of anonymity.
The re gional centres from Odisha and Punjab had the same complaint that the students sat in the examination an hour late following non-issuance of admit cards.
Another official of a lear ning centre said, “The students have also not received books for the past one year. The university is mismanaging things as the admit cards were earlier delivered by the centres, but now for business interests they have hired private companies.”
A student of B Sc (IT) said they were allowed to sit in the exam an hour late and were given only 10 minutes’ extra time. Around 20 students at the Adampur centre were unable to take the exam due to the nonavailability of roll numbers.
There are only around 55,000 students left under the distance education programme after the university failed to get approval from the Distance Education Council to run the courses.
Earlier, the Delhi high court had restrained the PTU from admitting students under the distance education mode for not having got the approval in December.
Vice-chancellor Rajneesh Arora was not available for comment.