GU registrar HK Nath informed TOI on Wednesday that the revised decision was taken after an important meeting on Tuesday. However, no changes have been made to the examination schedule for the basic courses (UG). The final exams of the UG are expected to begin on September 22nd.
However, the examination schedule for the master’s students of the last semester is expected.
The university announced on September 5 that exams would be held offline because they did not have a sufficient infrastructure for online tests.
Nath added that although the main reason for the changes made in Investigative Mode is the current pandemic situation, the conversion of some of the GU-affiliated colleges into Covid care centers has also forced authorities to reconsider their original decision. “We plan to give students the freedom to choose between online and offline modes, depending on what they think is appropriate for taking the exam,” he said.
The lack of proper internet connection, especially for students from the rural areas of the state, has been a major barrier to taking online tests. Nath said that justice is done with every student.
The new notification from the GU on Tuesday read: “The undergraduate (UG) exams are carried out in both online and offline mode. Detailed new SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for this new model will be published shortly by the Controller of Examinations, GU. This corresponds to today’s review, i.e. H. On September 8th, 2020, in view of the current pandemic situation in the state of Assam. “The university also announced that the GU post-graduate exams, which should start in September, will also take place online.
A delegation from the All Assam Students’ Union (Aasu), led by President Dipanka Nath, met GU Vice Chancellor PJ Handique on Tuesday. “The exams should be conducted both online and offline so that students can become familiar with open book exams. The load on the curriculum should also be reduced, ”Dipanka said.
The Assam College Teachers’ Association (Acta) also welcomed the change in the GU’s examination plans, taking into account the Covid situation. Acta General Secretary Himangshu Maral said, “Approximately 5% of the colleges affiliated with the GU have been converted into Covid care centers. While this percentage seems small, the decision to take offline exams could have created problems for hundreds of students at these colleges. ”
Despite repeated appeals to remove these Covid facilities from educational institutions, he said nothing has changed. “There are many quarantine centers, Covid care centers and test centers in many affiliated colleges. In this context, we would like to repeat our request to withdraw these centers, “said a letter from the GU to the Director of Higher Education, Assam, Gitimoni Phukan.