West Bengal Universities will Decide on Semester Examinations once Lockdown Ends

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Partha Chatterjee, the Education Minister of West Bengal, said on Thursday that universities make decisions on the ways conducting semester examinations after the lockdown is over. The government will not interfere in this matter.

The Education Minister has already been notified by the vice-chancellors of a number of universities that they are working on how to conduct the final semester examinations after consulting faculty members.

“The universities will decide on their own about the day of the opening of affiliated colleges, about the ways of conducting final semester exams,” said Chatterjee.

The higher educational institutions have been asked to be more reasonable with attendance and internal assessment factors because of the situation due to coronavirus.

“The vice-chancellors are meeting today to discuss the semester issue and academic calendar. They will deliberate among themselves and inform the higher education department about their recommendations later on,” Chatterjee said.

Subiresh Bhattacharya, the general secretary of the West Bengal Vice-Chancellors’ Council, said that the vice-chancellors of different state universities were present at the meeting.

Chatterjee added that universities suffered damages amounting to 400 million INR due to the cyclone Amphan that ravaged the state a few days ago. The state government will encourage the planting of trees in institutions where the green cover was reduced by the storm.