Indore: Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya on Tuesday extended doctoral entrance test (DET) date for management and commerce subjects, causing inconvenience to candidates, especially those residing outside the city.

The entrance test for management and commerce subjects were to be held online on August 13, but the university on Tuesday issued a notification stating that the test for the subjects would now be held on August 27.

No reason for extending the date was given by the university. However, sources claimed that the date was extended on the request of a software company, which has been entrusted with holding the DET in online mode.

The university’s move has hit many outstation candidates, who have booked train and bus tickets to come to the city and appear for the test on August 13. “They will now have to cancel the tickets and re-schedule their visit for August 27,” said a professor flaying the university’s decision.

Some aggrieved candidates called up the university officers and sought to know the reason behind extension, which were diverted towards director of Institute of Management Studies, Rajnish Jain.

One of the candidates, who claimed to have talked to Jain over phone, said “He (Prof Jain) told me that the company was not ready to hold DET on August 13 so the date has been extended. However, this is no excuse. If the company was not ready to hold exam on the scheduled date, the university should have scrapped the contract and held exam offline. Just for the sake of a private company, the university troubled so many candidates,” he said.

For subjects other than management and commerce, combined PhD-MPhil entrance exam would be held offline. For 36 subjects, test would be held on August 10 and for Home Science, Urdu and Sanskrit on August 20. Meanwhile, the university said that all preparations have been made for holding the DET on Thursday. “Admit cards have been issued and exam centres have been setup,” said coordinator of PhD cell at DAVV, Prof VB Gupta.

The DET would be held at 24 centres. Total 3815 candidates have registered for combined PhD-MPhil entrance test. Of these, 3104 candidates have applied for admission in only PhD course, 601 in either of the two courses and 104 for only in MPhil course.

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