Students of Andhra Universities Demand Cancellation of Exams Amidst COVID-19, Read Full Report
For the last few days, many students from different state universities have been protesting in various parts of the state, demanding the cancellation of exams in the wake of Covid-19 for first and second year graduates and first year PG students.
The examination schedules for first and second year students were announced by the varsities, which are in the midst of conducting final examinations.
Students from Andhra University have protested on a large scale twice in the past week.
The students of the PR Degree College, Kakinada, took up an SMS campaign against the college's proposed examinations. The activists staged a protest on the same topic on Tuesday at Adikavi Nannaya University, Rajahmundry.
The University Grants Commission made the examinations for graduating or outgoing students compulsory in its guidelines for higher education institutions.
In the case of intermediate semester or year students, however, universities will have the freedom to conduct examinations on the basis of a comprehensive assessment of the situation, or even to rank students on the basis of their performance in previous semesters and internal assessments.
The students demanded that the varsities cancel the examinations, claiming that they were kept in the dark about the impending examinations until the last minute and citing the risk of Covid-19 transmission and lack of transport facility and preparation time.
However, in the case of intermediate semester or year students, universities are free to conduct examinations on the basis of a comprehensive assessment of the situation or even to rank students on the basis of their performance in previous semesters and internal assessments.
The students requested that the examinations be cancelled by the varsities, claiming that they were kept in the dark until the last minute about the imminent examinations and citing the risk of transmission of Covid-19 and lack of transport facilities and preparation time.