Change in Integrated MBA entrance dates at Utkal varsity sparks protests

Bhubaneswar: Tension ran high inside the Utkal University campus in Bhubaneswar today when around 35 Integrated MBA aspirants along with their guardians staged a protest before the business administration department against the conduct of unscheduled entrance examination for the course a day ahead of the dates of exam mentioned in some admit cards.

According to sources, a total of 312 students had applied for the five-year Integrated MBA course at the varsity and the entrance examination was scheduled to be held today. Even few of them had downloaded the admit card with the date mentioned May 15, 2018.

However, these students, after reaching the university to appear the exam today, found that the entrance was already conducted a day before.

They alleged that the department conducted the entrance test yesterday on May 14 without informing them and a few of total applicants only appeared the test yesterday.

“We think there is some scam going on in the admission procedure. Although the university authorities took our admit cards and assured us that necessary steps will be taken, we doubt whether that will be done in a fair manner,” said Ashok Mahapatra, a parent.

On the other hand, the varsity authorities have promised that they would conduct another examination for these 30 odd students and will notify them regarding this as soon as possible. This apart, the faculty of the department assured that the process will be fair and they will take proper care of the students’ requirements.

Speaking to, admission committee member of the varsity Santosh Kumar Tripathy informed that they had notified about the change in dates of the entrance examination on the university website and the same was published on various newspapers as well.

“Unfortunately because of communication gap, few aspirants came here to appear the IMBA entrance  today. Because of shortage of rooms due to entrance examinations of various departments we decided to conduct the test on May 14 but a few aspirants had already downloaded the admit card of May 15. Of the 312 students, 250 students appeared the test yesterday while out of remaining 62 aspirants 34 of them came to appear the test today,” said Tripathy.

He further added, “Although we corrected the date on our website and published a notification in various newspapers, few of them who did not keep a track of our website missed it. But keeping students’ interest in mind, the admission committee will take necessary steps in this direction.”

A few guardians also expressed dissatisfaction questioning the steps taken by the department.

“We had checked the website yesterday, there was no such notification, neither we received any mail regarding the dates being preponed. We want all 312 students to appear the test, including those who had appeared the test yesterday. They should also appear and that will ensure a fair and unbiased test for an entry into the course,” said Abinash, brother of another aspirant.