College teachers, students allege ‘it will expose them to great risk’
University of Jammu’s dual approach for conducting online exams for various undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) courses at its main and offsite campuses, and offline exams in degree colleges has irked college teachers and students who alleged that it is not only “discriminatory” but will also expose them to risk in the prevailing COVID-19 situation.
In two separate notifications, the university has decided to hold online terminal semester exams for various UG and PG courses at its main and all offsite campuses, while students of 54 degree colleges, affiliated with the university, will undertake undergraduate sixth semester exams in offline (written) mode at their respective colleges.
“This is the sheer double standards of the university while conducting terminal (final) exams for UG and PG courses. The strength of students in degree colleges is quite large and it will expose them and teachers to great risk in wake of sudden spurt in positive cases of COVID-19,” lamented a college professor who wished not to be named.
Another college professor asked, “Who will be responsible in case of any untoward situation? The positive cases of COVID-19 are increasing at an alarming rate. The university needs to review its decision”.
The university authorities, however, claimed that the exams are being conducted as per the directions of the Supreme Court and the UGC.
“Given the geographical locations and other technical issues, it is not possible to conduct online exam at undergraduate level in colleges. There are 19,000 students who would appear in terminal semester exams of undergraduate courses,” Professor Rajnikant, Controller of Examinations, JU said.
He said the number of students for terminal semester exams for various UG and PG programmes of the university in the main campus and offsite campuses is just 1,500.
“Some degree colleges are located at far-off places where students don’t have the facility of either mobile phones or internet. It takes our employees three days to reach there,” the controller said, adding “all the principals have been asked to respect the SOPs by MHA in letter and spirit while conducting written exams”.