Panjab University planning final-year exams ‘as per college students’ comfort’

Deepankar Sharda

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 7

The Panjab University (PU) authorities are engaged on a plan concerning the conduct of the final-year exams for numerous programs.

Yesterday, the HRD Ministry gave the go-ahead for conducting the final-year examinations in universities by September-end.

However, the PU might face a number of hindrances in following the instructions as a result of numerous elements — rising variety of Covid-19 circumstances in Chandigarh and neighbouring states, asking college students to vacate hostels, Covid optimistic circumstances on the PU campus and hostel-turned-isolation wards on the campus.

Another main concern can be asking college students to point out up for the exams, particularly those that have gone again residence to far-off locations.

Last month, the PU had sought particulars of scholars from numerous schools for establishing examination centres in Punjab. However, there was no point out of the scholars dwelling in different states.

The HRD Ministry, nevertheless, said the scholars unable to look in final-year exams in September would get one other likelihood. However, if all college students decide to take exams later, it might turn into a dicey scenario for the PU.

Though officers involved didn’t want to touch upon this problem, the Public Relations Department issued an announcement: “The PU authorities have gone through the guidelines issued by the UGC regarding conducting of exams. The university is preparing a detailed plan for its working and implementation keeping in mind the interest and convenience of students.”

An official mentioned: “Expecting any such decision, we had prepared two plans. We have already completed the ground work. However, Covid cases reported on the campus have put us in a doubt. The process of setting up question papers, exam centres, finding the number of students and others will be completed before this month.”

Last month, the PU introduced some normal operative procedures (SOPs) anticipating semester examinations in July. The pointers allowed a most of 150 candidates at every centre in a single session; two-hour period for an examination; carrying a face masks obligatory for lecturers; workers and college students, one assistant superintendent deputed for each 15 college students; downloading Aarogya Setu app; bringing personal water bottle; sanitisation of constructing/ benches; thermal screening of candidates; social distancing; no candidate or examination workers from the pink zone/containment zone; abstract word of security measures for all; and no particular person above 65 years of age expectant moms or specifically abled individuals on obligation.

Students’ take

Meanwhile, college students are of a view that the ministry ought to take again the choice. “Any kind of situation which involves presence of several individual at one place should be avoided during the pandemic. There will be a high risk of spread,” mentioned Aanchal, a PU scholar.

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