Candidates Caught Unawares as Eflu Changes Entrance Test Time
Candidates taking the English and Foreign Languages University (Eflu) entrance test for admission into various courses, across 19 centres in the country, were caught unawares when some exams were postponed from 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday.
While candidates allege that no prior intimation was made regarding the change, officials have maintained that SMSes and e-mails were sent to candidates ‘much before’ the date of examination.
Besides, the Visakhapatnam centre for BA, MA, B.Ed, M.Ed, PG Diploma and Ph.D entrance tests from February 21 to February 23, was cancelled without any notice, candidates alleged. They claimed that it was only on Friday, the first day of the exams, that the news appeared in newspapers.
A candidate from Mumbai who took Ph.D at Eflu Hyderabad campus said, “It was only after coming here that I came to know about the change. The exam was supposed to be conducted from 10 am to 1 pm, but it was held between 2 pm and 5 pm. I had already booked air-ticket back to Mumbai at 2 pm, which I had to cancel. There is no assurance from university officials to reimburse my travel fare.”
The authorities have not conveyed the information about the change of timing, said Manisha Lath, who took the test for a Ph.D programme at Delhi University. “It is not true that the officials have sent e-mails or SMSes to the candidates. It was only after I had reached exam centre that I came to know about the change. Further, there were no officials to respond about the changes,” she added.
This apart, candidates questioned how those registered for Visakhapatnam centre could travel to Hyderabad at a short notice.
“We have sent bulk SMSes and e-mails to all the candidates. Similarly, change of Visakhapatnam centre, for logistical reasons, was also intimated on February 12. We cannot do anything if the candidates fail to check their mails or SMSes,” said UJ Suresh, controller of examinations, Eflu.