Kohima, July 21 (NEx): The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) Nagaland Unit, to launch the first phase of online campaign on July 26, 2020 to draw the attention of the State Government against conducting any form of exams during the pandemic.
The NSUI in a press release on July 21, said that with over 1.15 million cases and record breaking cases each day in India, the situation is getting grim with each passing day, also, the Indian Medical Association has recently observed that there is ‘Community Transmission’ and the decision of the UGC has put the lives of millions of students at risk.
The NU in line with the guideline of the UGC has also decided to conduct the final year exams. The NSUI Nagaland Unit stated that it had sent a letter to the Hon’ble CM of Nagaland and the Hon’ble Minister Higher & Technical Education on June 24, 2020 but there has been no response till date.
The ICMR has informed that cases will rise exponentially by mid-November but it has started much earlier and conducting exams in such an environment is not conducive. Besides, there are multiple factors where thousands of students have gone back to their hometowns, some even outside the state. Hostels have closed down and the landlords will not be willing to take back the tenants.
Already, many areas have been sealed off due to detection of COVID-19 positive patients. Also, the students will further have to undergo 14 days institutional quarantine and another 14 days home quarantine. This will cause tremendous mental trauma, anxiety and stress on the students which will adversely affect the students in their exams, the Union said.
It may be noted that already 10 States and UTs have decided to cancel even the Final Year exams. The Union said it is extremely dismaying that the State Government is still silent on this issue.
Persistent with their demand that students be evaluated on the basis of their internal marks, assignments, project work, dissertations and their past performances, the Union reiterated that the final year students viz. UG, PG and other allied courses be promoted without exams.