Students suffer as PAU fails to deliver roll numbers on time
Like every year, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has this time also proved to be inefficient in its approach to distribute admission cards for the Common Entrance Test (CET) — for admission in four-year BSc in agriculture (honours) course to be held on Tuesday— on time.punjab Updated: Jun 16, 2014 18:55 IST
According to the university’s website and sources at Centre for Communication and International Linkages (CCIL), the PAU was supposed to dispatch the admission cards carrying roll numbers for CET through the post before June 14. Students, who could not receive the roll numbers till June 14, were advised to collect their admission cards from the registrar’s office on June 15 or 16.
However, it is learnt that about more than 300 students who didn’t receive any post from the PAU— many of them from far flung areas —had to come to the university to collect their admission cards, braving the searing heat.
Sadly, to facilitate the rush in an efficient manner, no specific efforts were made by the university authorities, thus, causing chaos and confusion.
“The university that charges hefty amount for admission process has not even bothered to provide the basic services like cool drinking water or fans to students. We are standing in the queue for the last three hours to get the card,” bewailed an irked student.
Another student said, “It is sad that instead of revising our syllabus just a day before the exam, we have to stand here in queues to get the roll numbers.”
A university student, who assisted his younger cousins in the same process, said, “Students are coming to get their admission cards since June 14 but due to lack of arrangements, they have to stand for hours in queues in non-ventilated corridors outside the registrar’s office at Thapar Hall.”
While talking to BS Sohal, director, controller of examinations and public relations, about the matter on phone, he said, “The roll numbers were issued on time but the delay must have occurred on part of the post department. Also, there are only about 1% students who didn’t receive their admission cards. Now we have updated the website stating that students, who didn’t get the cards, can collect them from their respective centres from 8 am.”
As the PAU authorities have failed to inform students telephonically, most of them thronged the university campus to get their admission cards.
The inefficiency on part of the PAU has once again left many students hassled that students claim could affect their results.
Unhappy with the high prices of admission prospectus and registration fee, many of them also said that those who got the roll number cards through the post had to pay the stamp duty also.