Over two months of the general assembly election schedule has upset the examination timetable of Punjabi University here as annual and semester examination of postgraduate and undergraduate courses has been delayed by 15 days.
The delay has affected the schedule of not only examination of university courses but of its affiliated colleges as well. The university authorities are planning to start the examination of all courses from May 19 but are yet to release the date sheet.
Earlier, examinations of graduation courses including BA, BSc and B.Com commenced in the first week of April but university authorities had to postpone three papers of different subjects and classes due to electioneering in the state.
The election commission in its first communiqué directed the university authorities not to schedule any of the examination between April 22-May 2. In a fresh communiqué, the election commission has restricted it from holding examinations from May 15-17 due to counting of the votes.
A few of the buildings of university and premises of several colleges in different constituencies are being occupied by the election commission for counting purpose and are expected to get vacated by May 17.
The examination for postgraduate courses usually commence in the last week of April or in May's first week on the university campus and its affiliated colleges.
There are chances of delay in the declaration of examination results of different classes especially of the last semester or final year classes.
In this case, students aspiring to take admissions to other courses or institution may face problems, if the results are not declared on time. The university examination branch is already facing flaks for its clumsy and casual approach towards scrutiny of answer sheets and declaration of results.
Besides delay in the declaration of the result, the next semester period may be shorter than normal, as the university authorities will get very limited time to start the next academic session.
University controller, examination, Pawan Kumar Singla said the examinations had been delayed by 15 days. They are hopeful of starting the examination by May 19. "We have been waiting for counting process to end as it won't be possible to conduct the examination of postgraduation and undergraduate courses separately at different colleges," he said.
He said the election commission had occupied premises of several colleges in Ropar, Faridkot, Sangrur and at other places.