IMPHAL: The All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) has on Monday appealed to the concerned authority of Manipur University to hold a review meeting to discuss the terminal semester examinations at the earliest.
A press release signed by Secretary of Human Resource Development AMSU HQ Bruce Pebam said the numbers of positive cases of Covid-19 in India has reached more than 18 lakhs as of now as well as have claimed lives in the state of Manipur along with signs of possible commencement of community transmission. Every citizen of Manipur should follow the WHO health guidelines in order to tackle the deadly Covid-19, the union said while expressing great concern over the fate of the education sector in the case of persistence of the situation.
The release stated that on July 6, 2020 last, the University Grants Commission (UGC), guided by its serious concern for the academic careers of the students that had undergone unprecedented changes, announced that the terminal semester examinations of universities in India are to be finished within the month of September.
As conducting the examinations is impossible in the challenging circumstances, many complaints have been filed from different sections to the Supreme Court against the guidelines. A case was accepted for hearing and the date has been fixed for August 19, 2020. The Supreme Court has also directed the Ministry of Home Affairs, MHA about their decision on this issue.
Bruce informed in compliance with the UGC’s set of guidelines, the Manipur University had issued notifications and time tables for the terminal semester examinations of both Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses which were scheduled to commence from the first week of September.
In its reaction to the setting of the examination itinerary in the immediate future, the union expressed concerns over the safety of the students appearing at the exams while being provided exemption of the lockdown restrictions.
Bruce further said that it will be very unfair that a student is going to sit in an examination even though half of the syllabus has not been covered and proper classes were suspended for the last two months of the six month semesters. He said going ahead with the examination which will be conducted in an offline platform will create panic and misunderstanding.
The union cited that both the Delhi and Maharashtra governments had resolved to cancel the examination of final year semester in the recent past.
Considering the overall situation, the students union appeals to the concerned authority of MU to call a review meeting to discuss the matter of terminal semester examinations at the earliest, said Bruce Pebam.