Kohima, November 18 (NEx): 27 College Students’ bodies in Nagaland on Tuesday opposed the postponement of Nagaland University odd semester examination which was earlier scheduled from December 07, 2020, and demanded for Online Examination of Odd Semesters by this year, due to the prevailing pandemic situation in the State.
The college students’ community of Nagaland via a press release expressed shock and surprise with the decision taken by the Nagaland University in compliance with the direction of the State Government Higher & Technical Education, Kohima dated November 12, 2020 for the postponement of NU odd semester examination which was originally scheduled from December 07, 2020.
The latest policy of NU clearly shows it’s inclination and determination to conduct examination on campus/offline, it said. A fact must not be ignored that the guarantee of safety cannot be given/offered to the students during the offline examination, moreover, the ground reality of the students in Nagaland are far different from the students in the rest of the country, the students’ bodies stated.
Highlighting on the plight of students, it stated that ‘Maximum students in Nagaland state have their permanent residence in remote areas far away from academic towns like Dimapur and Kohima. Due to the pandemic, almost 95% of the students have already gone back to their respective villages to take safe shelter.’
Conducting offline examination will also mean transportation of those thousands of students and therefore the question of their safety. Maximum number of students are either hostelites or live in rental places- both options are now practically closed due to the pandemic.
This is the present reality of every student in Nagaland which compelled them to express displeasure and concern over the policy of the university not to conduct online examination but to postpone it further with an intention to conduct the same on the campus which will definitely expose each and every student to the threat of infection, it said.
The number of COVID-19 cases are increasing day by day in Nagaland and different parts of India with no vaccine in sight. The question of the health and safety of the general public will forever be lingering around not in the state of Nagaland or India but all over the World.
Considering the plight of the students’ communities and the prevailing pandemic situation, in the interest of the present and future of students in Nagaland, the Nagaland joint college students’ body appealed to the Vice Chancellor of Nagaland University to consider its demand for online examination of odd semesters by this year itself.