Kohima, July 21 (NEx): The All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) through a press release on July 20, 2020, expressing dismay towards the revised University Grants Commission guidelines to conduct End Semester Examinations for all courses throughout India by the end of September 2020, appealed the Nagaland University to immediately withdraw the exam routines for all courses published on July 16, 2020.
The Union also appealed the State Government to request the University Grants Commission and Ministry of Human Resource Development to consider the case of Nagaland and allow the Nagaland University to take relevant decision in the interest of the students’ community. Until such time, the Nagaland University should immediately withdraw the exam routines for all courses published on the 16th July, 2020, it said.
The ANCSU further requested the State Government and the Nagaland University to first prioritize the safety of the colleges and university fraternities before taking any decision for conducting exams.
ANCSU while agreeing to the fact that exams are essential for global acceptance, says that compromising students’ life value at the cause of education is irrational. The UGC must comprehend the all in all situation of the country due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. At a time when the entire world is left helpless of how to save its citizens from this dreaded virus, UGC issuing directive to conduct exams is highly disapproved, added the union.
The ANCSU also informed that due to poor internet connectivity in Nagaland, holding online exams in Nagaland is not feasible. More so, many students continue to struggle without required gadgets to go for online exams and to this, we cannot afford to jeopardize our students. Similarly, considering the current situation of our state, conducting physical mode of examination is no less than putting the entire state at risk, it said.
The ANCSU is well aware that the Nagaland University is bound to follow the UGC guidelines/directives, yet, during these trying times, it appealed the State Government and the Nagaland University to represent and salvage the students’ community.