Assam University offline examination 2021 will start on Thursday and students are protesting against it using social media platforms.
On 6 April 2021, Assam University started offline exams for the undergraduate courses ignoring the demand of the student to conduct the exams online. Many students and teachers got infected with the COVID-19 virus after attending the exams. It was a fifth-semester examination under CBCS courses for the colleges which are affiliated with Assam University Silchar.
Now, again University is set on conducting the offline examination and students are protesting against it.
The controller of examination, Assam University Silchar, Dr. Suprabir Dutta said, “The University has taken the decision following the SOP issued by the Assam Government”.
He further said, “We have 33 examination centers where students from 61-degree colleges affiliated to Assam University will participate. The examination will be conducted in offline mode where we will follow the protocols issued by the government of Assam in its latest Standard operating procedure”.
“We have discussed this matter with the college authorities before announcing the Assam University exam routine 2021″, he said.
A student from Gurucharan college Silchar tweeted tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. He wrote. “As per the UGC Guidelines, all Universities in India conducted their final semester exams by month of August (Including Gauhati University) in online mode. However, Assam University started the online classes for the final Semester in July. While almost all Universities conducted online and open book exams by August and now they are ready for admissions of master degree courses, while students of Assam University can’t even apply or produce their 6th Semester mark sheets.”
He further added, “Now, after nearly 20-25 online classes, where even 25% syllabus isn’t completed properly, Assam University declared that offline examination is starting from 24 Sept 2021 and they published routine on September 7. How can a student sit for offline exams after only 20-25 days of class.”
The HOD of the Gurucharan college’s physics department, Dr. Apratim Nag Said that “The present situation is not normal but we have continued online classes during the lockdown. We have completed more than 80% of the courses and most of the students attended the online classes.”
“The examination was supposed to take place earlier because final semester students were looking for studying further in other institutes across the country. But many of those institutes have conducted entrance examinations before our students have managed to attend their final semester examination. So, we are convinced with the Assam University exam notice 2021 to conduct the examination in this situation. We have to understand that the entire country is facing a pandemic”. HOD said.
However, most of the teachers of the colleges were convinced of the University’s decision to conduct the examination. But the teachers didn’t want to comment on whether the examination should be taken on online instead of an offline process.