Demand for online exams: Dharna by Final year students.

Demand for online exams: Dharna by Final year students.

On Friday a notification was released by Assam University regarding the offline schedule for the TDC Non-CBCS Final Semester Examinations.
As per the schedule, students will have to appear for the final examinations in offline mode (pen-paper test) from 29th September.
After the students got notified it had led a great resentment among the student community. The prime demand of the students is to conduct the forthcoming examination in online mode for which a memorandum was submitted to the Deputy Commissioner and to the Vice Chancellor of Assam University where they asked to have online examinations.
But on Friday after the release of schedule it became crystal and clear that the examinations for the final semester students will be held in offline mode and this has led to protest against the move of conducting examinations in offline mode by the students of GC College, Silchar on Saturday in front of the college’s main gate.
The students said, “UGC in its guideline has made provision for conducting the exam in online mode/ open book system/ MCQ system. But our University has paid no heed to this guidelines. So, today we have set for this dharna. We will take a forwarding from the Principal of GC College, wherein he will have to give a written assurance that he wants to conduct the exam in online mode. We will then submit that letter of consent by the Principal to Assam University. A similar demonstration will take place in different colleges of the valley. At any cost, we strongly demand for online examinations.”
They added, “We are fighting for justice of the TDC 6th semester students. None is trying to understand the present pandemic situation. Many students are in containment zones some of them are even infected with coronavirus. How can they come and sit for offline examination? Further, during an offline examination social distancing norms will also be violated. This would further spread the deadly virus. One positive students can spread the virus to many students. Thermal test cannot say with accuracy whether anybody is infected with covid-19.”
In response to the students a university official said, “The decision to conduct the examination in offline mode is a collective one wherein members from the colleges were also present. Given the practical aspects it is beyond the capability of all students in every college to sit for online exam. This was tested for the intermediate semester students that is TDC 2nd and 4th students who were asked by the colleges to submit assignment in online mode. However a huge number of students due to the absence of laptops/ computers/ internet connectivity failed to do so and rather went physically to their respective colleges to submit the hard copy of the assignments. Now if such a situation arises during the exam of final semester students then it will really be a great chaos.”
The students made sure that in case if their demands are not met, then none of them will sit for the examination.