Dimapur, July 21: The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) Nagaland Unit will launch its first phase of online campaign on July 26 against conduct of any form of examinations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a press release, NSUI media cell reiterated that final year undergraduate/postgraduate students and other allied courses should be promoted without exams.
Expressing dismay over the latest UGC guidelines to conduct end semester examinations for all courses throughout India by the end of September 2020, the State unit of NSUI said the UGC’s decision 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 release said the NSUI Nagaland Unit had sent a letter to the chief minister of Nagaland and the Minister Higher & Technical Education on June 24 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 Covid19 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,” it said while reiterating its demand that students be evaluated on the basis of their internal marks, assignments, project work, dissertations and their past performances.
Noting that already 10 states and UTs have decided to cancel even the final year exams, the release expressed dismay that the State Government is still silent on the issue. “The NSUI Nagaland Unit in this regard will be launching the first phase of online campaign on 26/07/2020 to draw the attention of the State Government,” it added. (Page News Service)