Applicants taking the English and Foreign Languages University (Eflu) entrance test for admission into various courses across 19 centres in India had to ponder about the changes when the exams were postponed from 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday.
Candidates claim that they were given no prior intimation regarding the change. However, officials inform that SMSes and e-mails were sent to the applicants ‘much before' the date of examination.
Moreover, the Visakhapatnam centre for BA, MA, M.Ed, B.Ed, PG Diploma and Ph.D entrance tests from 21st to 23rd February, 2014, was called off without any notice, the applicants alleged. They proclaim that it was on Friday , the 1st day of the examinations, that the newspapers bore the news regarding the same.
"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," said a candidate from Mumbai who took Ph.D at Eflu Hyderabad campus.
"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," said Manisha Lath, who took the test for a Ph.D programme at Delhi University. The authorities have not informed about the changes in timing she said.
Apart from this, the candidates who are registered for Visakhapatnam centre questioned about how they could travel all the way to Hyderabad at a short notice.
UJ Suresh, Controller of examinations, Eflu said,"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."