The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) on Thursday jotted down to the University Grants Commission. They plead to suspend all examinations because of rising COVID-19 cases. In their letter to the commission’s secretary, JNUSU councilors Amrit Raj and Anagh Pradeep also requested the body to issue new guidelines concerning the conduct of examinations.
We write to you about suspending all examination and evaluation processes of the ongoing semester, taking into consideration the unprecedented rise in the COVID-19 cases across the country, they said in their letter.
However, many universities are still proceeding with online examinations, submissions, and other evaluation activities at this moment, the letter said. They also said that faculties are being forced to take part in the examination process even while they have been infected and are combatting the disease, the letter added.
Under such situations, any form of evaluation or assessment taking place at this moment is not only unfair but also inhumane, the letter said.
We, therefore, request that you issue a directive for universities across the country to suspend all examinations, submissions, presentations, and other evaluation activities happening, the letter added.
The JNUSU also urged the University Grants Commission (UGC) to issue fresh guidelines on the conduct of examinations in the months to come. The last UGC guidelines on examinations were issued on July 6 last year and the pandemic situation has changed much since then, the letter said.
It said that it is necessary that the UGC issue revised guidelines on examinations immediately. The letter said the guidelines must be given on suspending and postponing all examinations and evaluation activities being currently held and give universities. And departments the autonomy for considering alternative modes of evaluation.
The JNUSU also urged the UGC to direct universities to ensure that any decision regarding examinations is taken only after consultation with the Board of Studies. And Academic Council meetings where pupil representations are present.
The Jawaharlal Nehru University on Thursday postponed the registration process for admission to the winter semesters of 2021. The registration for the winter semester was planned to start on April 27.
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