Calcutta University students protest demanding online exams
Calcutta University students started protest demanding online exams
Demanding online exams, students demonstrated at the University of Calcutta (CU) on Friday. About 200 students protested outside the university’s main campus in College Street, saying two months of classroom instruction was not enough time to complete the six-month semester program and hold offline exams.
“Classes were only held on campus for two months and we are expected to write papers based on the whole syllabus. This is only possible if the exams are held in an open book format like the two years,” said Arijit Saha, a student from UC-affiliated Bangabasi College. Similar protests have taken place twice in the past week on the university’s main campus. Two high-level committees formed by CU have recommended that the undergraduate and postgraduate semester-end exams be conducted in offline mode.
However, the directors of the colleges were asked to give their opinion on the recommendation. Vice-Chancellor Sonali Chakraborty Banerjee told PTI on Thursday that the university will make the final decision after getting input from all stakeholders.
A UC official said that while the faculty is overwhelmingly in favor of offline exams, a portion of students, including student unions, want the online exam system to continue. Trinamool Chhatra Parishad State Chairman Trinankur Bhattacharya said general students are demanding online exams.
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