Itanagar: The Rajiv Gandhi University Research Scholars’ Forum (RGURSF) has requested the RGU’s controller of examinations to extend the dissertation submission date for M. Phil scholars for at least three months.

The forum reasoned the research activities got disrupted due to the 8-month-long lockdown with deprivation of access to supervisor consultation, laboratory work, and library resources.

Citing COVID-19 reasons, the RGURSF sought an extension of at least three months (up to June 30, 2021) for all the research scholars who have been notified by RGU to submit their dissertation by March 31.

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“Many M.Phil scholars were unable to carry out their research in the lockdown period. The absence of laboratory and library facilities (except for select few e-resources) left the scholars largely resourceless,” the forum said.

The RGURSF said the mitigating circumstances impeded research progress, making it impossible to submit the dissertation on March 31, 2021, as notified by the University.

“Given the impact of Coronavirus and restrictions imposed by the government, scholars could not conduct surveys, travel for data collection from participants, or do any fieldwork,” the forum added.

The RGURSF has further urged the RGU authorities to take cognizance of the difficult circumstances the scholars had to go through due to the pandemic and give an extension of three months.

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