Gauhati University to hold offline exams for final year students

GUWAHATI: Gauhati University (GU) has announced that it will hold offline exams through pen and paper mode for BA, BSc and BCom final year (sixth semester) students of about 350 colleges affiliated to it between September 22 to October 15. The decision was taken in a meeting convened by GU vice-chancellor PJ Handique on Friday.

Officials in GU said that exams will be held offline since they do not have adequate infrastructure to hold online tests.

On Thursday, the university had declared the examination schedule for the BEd second (final) year students from September 15 to 29, after the BEd students staged a protest demanding examination at the earliest.

“Despite publishing the examination schedule for the final year students, GU authority has written to the state government, seeking its opinion on conducting the offline mode examinations amidst the Covid-19 situation. Even as the educational institutions won’t open in September for the regular classes, the final year examinations have to be conducted keeping in mind the career prospects of the final year students,” said GU registrar HK Nath.

GU has already decided that the offline exams, to be conducted through pen and paper mode, will carry 50 percent weightage, while the remaining 50 percent marks will be awarded on the basis of internal assessments. For the general degree course exams, the papers carrying 50 or above marks will be of three hours duration, while the papers carrying below 50 marks will be of two hours.

Meanwhile, the GU post graduate students’ union (PGSU) and All Assam Students’ Union (Aasu) unit of the university said they are worried about exams being held offline.

“PGSU welcomed the decision of conducting examination for the final year students but also worried that offline examination is not so convenient in present situation,” read a memorandum sent by the PGSU to the GU controller of examinations.

“I request you to look into this matter as early as possible to do the needful. Considering the present situation, we suggest that offline examinations are not held. Exams can be held in any other manner, such as online or an open-book exam or assignment-based,” said PGSU president Anurag Kalyan Borgohain.

The Aasu unit of GU has also written to the university authority asking it to conduct open book examinations through a blend of offline and online modes. “At a time when thousands of new Covid cases are being detected in Assam, a decision to conduct offline exams and making it mandatory for the students to come to the campuses will be like playing with their health,” read the memorandum sent to the GU vice-chancellor by the Aasu.

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