Hisar: Over 300 students enrolled in MA Mass Communication (Distance learning programme) under a Haryana state university are under stress as the education institute changed the examination centres from Gurugram and Faridabad to Hisar at the very last moment.
Guru Jambeshwar University (GJU) situated at Hisar had provided the options of Gurugram, Faridabad and Delhi as their exam centres during the time of student enrollment in July this year.
The application form for the admission in GJU singed by students clearly shows ‘District for Exam Centre’ as ‘Delhi’.
However, hardly ten days before the first semester exams which are scheduled to begin from December 3, the university announced that all the examinations will take place in Hisar.
When Newsd spoke to the Controller of Examination at GJU, the officials claimed that “the last moment changes have been made after the directions received from University Grants Commission (UGC). “The authorities stated that “the UGC has changed the guidelines and have asked the state universities to conduct exams in their district.”
When the reporter asked the university officials to provide the copy of changed guidelines, University refused claiming that “the notice is not available for public domain.”
However, contrary to the university’s claims, UGC’s Distance Education Bureau officials told Newsd that no such guidelines have been made by the commission.
With less than a week away to the first paper, the students are in limbo as most of them chose distance learning courses for this very ease that they would have a nearby centre to give exams. Further, at least half of the students are women candidates and they have cited secirity reasons behind further stress due to these last minute changes.