Bihar University Issues Admit Card to Lord Ganesha to Write Exam

Lord Ganesha, in addition to being God, planning to be a commerce graduate too? 

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Devotees heading for Ganesh Visarjan on the Kalindi ghat. (Photo: The Quint/Ajay Rana)

Is 2017 going to be the year when Gods are put to the test? In Bihar, they surely are, as an admit card was printed for Lord Ganesha to take an exam on behalf of an undergraduate commerce student, as Hindustan Times reported.

Some 145-km north-east of Patna, at the Lalit Narayan Mithila University (LNMU) at the Darbhanga district, an admit card was issued to Krishna Kumar Roy, a first-year BCom (Hons) student of JN College, Nehra, with Ganesh’s signature and photograph.

Roy had to scramble to get the correction made, just in time to sit for his exams beginning on 4 October.

I had to submit relevant papers and kept frequenting my college for the past one month due to the fault in my admit card...Jab mera photo ke jagah bhagwan ka photo aa raha hai aur signature bhi unhi ka ho raha hai to university to bhagwan ke bharose chal raha hai (If there’s a photo of God instead of mine, and so is the signature, then it seems the university is running at the mercy of Gods.)

The university has distanced itself from the controversy, however, LNMU registrar Mustafa Kamal Ansari told Hindustan Times:

The mistake was not at our end but that of the cyber café, where the student had gone to submit his examination form online. At our university, all examination forms have to be submitted online.

Ansari added that the admit card was not valid till it was verified and countersigned by the principal of the college.

We have instructed college principals to verify and countersign all admit cards downloaded from our website before any candidate is allowed to appear in exams.

He confirmed that the mistake was rectified and the student was allowed to appear for his exams.

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