Student unions are annoyed after Savitribai Phule Pune University rescheduled the Maharashtra State Level Eligibility Test (for teachers) on September 6, the day Gokulashtami (Dahi Handi) will be celebrated across the state. The unions have now written to the university, which conducts the exam, to change the date to prevent students from getting inconvenienced.
According to Parhar Vidhyarthi Sanghatana (PVS), students will face traffic snarls and chaos on the streets if the exam is conducted on Gokulashtami day. The union also criticised the committee that conducts the exam.
“While the exam is supposed to be conducted every six months, like the National Level Eligibility test, they are conducting it after two years now. All this is being ignored by the University Grants Commission (UGC),” said Manoj Tekade of PVS.
The exam was originally scheduled to be held August 30, but the university issued a circular stating that it had been re-scheduled to September 6 due to Kumbh Mela at Nashik.
“If they conduct the exam on September 6 , there will be a very low turnout. We have written to the SLET committee at Pune university to reschedule the exam on a day that will be convenient for candidates from across the state. If they fail to do so, we will come out in huge numbers and protest,” said Ajay Tapkeer, another member of PVS.
When contacted, the coordinator for SLET in Pune university said, “We have received the letter by the Vidyarthi Sanghatana, we will be discussing the matter with the committee and take a call on the issue. We too are concerned about the candidates.”
SLET is conducted for the post of assistant professors. There are a total of 15 main centres in Mumbai.