Gauhati University to hold offline exams for final year students
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GUWAHATI: Gauhati University (GU) has announced that between September 22 and October 15, offline pen and paper mode exams for BA, BSc and BCom students of last year (sixth semester) of about 350 yrs affiliated universities held at a meeting convened on Friday by GU Vice Chancellor PJ Handique.

Officials from the GU said that exams are held offline because they do not have adequate infrastructure for online testing.

On Thursday, the university set the examination schedule for the BEd students in the second (final) year of study from September 15 to 29, after the BEd students had organized a protest at the earliest calling for an examination.

“Despite the publication of the examination schedule for the final year students, the GU authority wrote to the state government asking for their opinion on the implementation of the offline exams in the Covid-19 situation. Even if the educational institutions are not open for regular classes in September, the exams for the final year must be carried out taking into account the career prospects of the students from the previous year, ”said GU registrar HK Nath.

GU has already decided that the offline exams to be carried out in pen and paper mode will have a weight of 50 percent, while the remaining 50 percent will be awarded based on internal assessments. For the examinations of the general course of study, the work with 50 or more points takes three hours, while the work with less than 50 points takes two hours.

In the meantime, the GU Postgraduate Student Union (PGSU) and the University’s All Assam Student Union (Aasu) have raised concerns that exams may be held offline.

“The PGSU welcomed the decision to take an exam for the final year students, but also feared that the offline exam would not be as convenient in the current situation,” said a memorandum the PGSU sent to the GU exam director sent.

“I ask you to look into this matter as early as possible to do what is necessary. Given the current situation, we recommend that you do not perform offline exams. Exams can be held in any other way, such as online or as an open-book exam or on an assignment basis, ”said PGSU President Anurag Kalyan Borgohain.

The GU’s Aasu department has also written to the university board, asking them to conduct open audits through a mix of offline and online modes. “At a time when thousands of new Covid cases are being discovered in Assam, the decision to take offline exams and oblige students to attend campus is like playing with their health,” said the GU sent memorandum Vice Chancellor of Aasu.

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