Kohima, June 18 (NE): All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) held a joint meeting with the Controller of Examination, Nagaland University (NU), on June 16, 2020 at NU H.Q. Lumami.
A press release by ANCSU today said that, the meeting was called by the Controller of Examination, NU in response to the ANCSU letter on June ten, addressed to the Vice Chancellor, Nagaland University (NU).
The union while reiterating its appeal for promotion of undergraduate 6th Semester students (backlog semester exam 2020) without conducting physical/online mode of examination, apprised the Examination Section members (Controller of Examination, Deputy Registrar and Assistant Registrar) with the various threats and numerous difficulties faced by the students during this unprecedented situation of pandemic.
Controller of Examination, NU in response to the appeal, briefed the members about the Minister, MHRD webinar with the educational institutes to conduct final university and college exams after July, 2020, said the release.
As per the press release, the representatives of NU and officials from the ANCSU after a comprehensive discussion, mutually agreed that, since the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has not given any guideline to promote the final year students, Nagaland University alone promoting the final year students without conducting exams may nullify such degree certificate beyond the state of Nagaland.
Considering such peril repercussion, on receipt of UGC/MHRD’s advice/directive for conducting exam for the final year students, it was mutually agreed that the state government should ensure the safe return and stay of students to their respective institution districts.
The meeting also resolved that in all the 52 exam centres for conducting end semester exam for the 7500 odd number of undergraduate final year students under NU, the institutions should properly sanitize the exam halls/rooms, strictly follow SOPs and social distancing (minimum 1 meter distance between the students in their examination seat plan).
Further, the representatives also agreed that all students, teachers, and staff of the college are to wear face masks, wash hands/use hand sanitizers during the examination, and similarly, appealed autonomous colleges and universities to follow such remedial measures.
It was also agreed upon that NU shall, in line with other state universities conduct the exam, so that no student is deprived from pursuing their further course of studies outside the state, provided, the state government after ensuring the safe return and stay of the students within a stipulated time, only then the NU would notify the exam routine (minimum 20 days ahead from the date of exam commencement).
ANCSU highlighted on the UGC guidelines (29th April 2020) and proposed that the promoted 2nd and 4th semester students be given a chance to improve their grades, which was agreed to be put up to the University Authority for favorable decision, said the press release.
The University has taken note of the appeal of ANCSU who highlighted on proper dissemination of information regarding conduct of exams to the students and stakeholders of the affiliated colleges.
As per the UGC guideline, the ANCSU requested the University and colleges to establish a cell for handling student grievances related to examinations and academic activities.
The ANCSU appealed the final year students to continue preparing for the end semester exam while anticipating for the new/revised UGC/MHRD guidelines, as the UGC/MHRD has not consented for promoting the final year students without examination.
The Union also expressed confidence that the UGC/MHRD would thoroughly assess the prevailing situation in the country and issue guidelines in the greater interest of humanity and apprised the aforementioned matters to the State Chief Secretary and the department of Higher Education for necessary action, it added.