The final exams for students started on August 18th in an online mode at the CU.
In this way, the premier state university has become one of the few institutions in the Northeast to conduct the sixth semester undergraduate degree exams commissioned by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
In its July 6 policy, the UGC mandated the completion of the final exam for undergraduate and postgraduate exams between universities before September 30, 2020.
“The questionnaires were uploaded to the student portal on the university website at the scheduled start of the exam. The students had to log into their respective accounts on the student portal with their enrollment numbers and passwords in order to download the questionnaires,” he said a university spokesman.
He said that a total of three hours – two hours for writing and one hour for IT-related work – were allotted to submitting the scanned copies of the response scripts to the link provided on the portal.
Response scripts have also been accepted via official department email IDs to ensure submission flexibility.
“Students must keep the answer scripts, along with a commitment and statement, in a sealed envelope to be presented to the university when it is reopened to the students,” the spokesman added.
CU examiner (i / c) Prof. Dipak Sarma and his team, together with the technical support from the university’s computer center, enabled the successful completion of the online final exam for the final year despite all the adversities at the time of the pandemic.
“We managed to take the final exam for students without any problems. The postgraduate final examination will also be carried out in a similar way from mid-September. It will be completed by September 30th as directed by the UGC, ”said Prof. Sarma.
States have been divided over UGC guidelines, calling for the final exam to be held if educational institutions remain closed across the country due to the ongoing threat of Covid-19.
Student organizations and a number of states also petitions to cancel exams in light of the pandemic. Many of the stakeholders were in favor of degrees being awarded based on the grades the students had received in internal assessments.
However, the Supreme Court on August 28 upheld the UGC’s policy enacted in universities to hold the undergraduate and postgraduate exams last year through September 30th.
However, the Apex court had ruled that under the Disaster Management Act of 2005, states have the power to postpone reviews in consultation with the UGC in view of the pandemic.