The Nagpur University has decided to conduct the PhD entrance in Marathi for those finding it difficult to give the entrance in English. However, this exam will be conducted starting December.
NU officials decided on Wednesday to conduct the PhD entrance test (PET) in Marathi. The decision came a day after Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena (MNVS) stormed NU premises to demand PET in Marathi medium for the benefit of candidates who are not comfortable with English language.
Board of College and University (BCUD) director Arvind Chaudhary confirmed the development and said changes would be made in the software to accommodate Marathi questions. "But, we're not expecting huge response," he said.
Later, registrar Mahesh Yenkie informed that those who wish to appear in Marathi exam but have already registered for this exam can download their identity cards from the NU website and register their names at the application receipt centre (ARC) located in the campus. These students will be allowed to appear for the exam in Marathi in December.
MNVS activists had highlighted the plight of students pursuing arts and commerce courses in the university. They would have faced numerous problems in writing the exam in English. Citing their successful agitation to introduce Marathi in railway board exams, the activists had warned of an agitation if their demands were not met.
NU server breaks down
The problems with NU's first PET continued on Wednesday, with the website crashing, giving anxious moments to aspirants, sources said. The NU website, which has not been updated for years, stopped functioning late on Tuesday evening, as it couldn't bear the load.
The PET is to be held on Thursday morning at 9am at four centres and candidates were supposed to get their I-cards on Tuesday. However, the candidates hadn't received their I-cards till Wednesday evening due to the website crash, leading to a panic.
The students were seen crowding the NU campus. It was only on Wednesday evening that lethargic NU administration realized the problem and asked aspirants to take print out of their identity cards from new website 'oasis.mkcl.org/nupet'. Ironically, both NU as well as MKCL officials, responsible for maintaining the NU website, had not anticipated such a huge response.