Calcutta University has announced fresh dates for the undergraduate examinations. According to TOI report, the exam will now start from August 29. Earlier, the exam was scheduled on August 28 but the varsity had postponed all its undergraduate examination by issuing a notification. The notification issued by University's Controller of Examinations, Jayanta Sinha, stated that the revised dates will be announced shortly. However, it did not mention any reason for rescheduling the examinations, in which more than 10,000 students are expected to appear.
Some reports suggested that the exam was rescheduled because it was clashing with the foundation day of the Trinamool Chhatra Parishad (student wing). The day is observed on a large scale and this year too West Bengal Chief Minister and party president Mamata Banerjee addressed a rally near Mahatma Gandhi's statue. TMCP has clarified that the rescheduling of exams has nothing do with its foundation but opposition accused it of turning education institutions into party offices.
“This is a clear example of how the ruling party has turned education institutions into party offices. They are just following what the ruling party is dictating. The examinations have been deferred so that students who are members of TMCP can attend the foundation day rally,” alleged SFI state president Pratik Ur Rahman.
The Trinamool Chhatra Parishad said that “it is an internal matter of the university and only its authorities can clarify why they have taken such a decision. We have nothing to do with this decision,” said a student wing leader. The TMCP controls more than 90 percent of the student unions at the 145 colleges affiliated to the university.