Guwahati: Earlier today, Gauhati University cancelled the upcoming intermediate semester examination for the second time in a row. The exam, which was scheduled to take place from July 23, was cancelled via an official notice with the approval of the Vice-Chancellor.
“The 3rd Semester examination already scheduled for U.G courses examination is hereby cancelled. The students will be promoted as done in the earlier semester as per the said U.G.C Guidelines,” the notice said.
Students of the intermediate semesters would be promoted to the subsequent semester based on the marks provided in the internal assessment as per the U.G.C Guidelines issued in July 2021 in the view of the COVID-19 pandemic stated, “For intermediate semester/year students, assessment shall be based on internal evaluation and previous semester as suggested in 2020 guidelines.” the notice added.
Students from different colleges affiliated with the Gauhati University have expressed concern over the decision made by the UGC and the University.
Mridusmita Nath, a student of 3rd Semester, told EastMojo, “I’m totally confused about my future because no doubt we are promoted but my knowledge level is nil. I have appeared for only one exam (1st sem), now I’ll be in the next semester without any evaluation.”
Another student Jayita Saha said, “It’s horrible as it has been two years since we gave our 1st-semester examinations and after that, no exams have been held. The university scheduled the 3rd-semester examinations, but now it has been cancelled again. This is affecting our mental health and we are being promoted through different semesters with no knowledge.”
Another student, Jiya Sharma, said, “This is the second time we are facing this and it’s unfair. Due to our average marks in the 1st semester, we are trying hard to improve our scores in these semesters. But we’re not left with that option and it is affecting our academic career to a great extent. Like many other universities, GU could have scheduled our examinations if not delayed by two months or so. When the exam routine was published this time, we were very positive and prepared for the exams to give our best. But unfortunately, now it’s affecting our mental situation and probably would reduce the urge to study furthermore.”
Most of the students expressed that they were looking forward to appearing in the exam to improve their scores and get better results than the previous semester. But the cancellation has demoralised their morale.
Pulakesh Das, Asst. Professor of Bongaigaon College, told EastMojo, “Among various sectors which have been witnessing the ill-effects caused by the virus, the education department of the country has been the worst-affected. This has resulted in a huge loss of knowledge diffusion and students’ access to instructional activities that are designed in a face to face teaching-learning pedagogy. As college teachers, it is a Herculean task for us to cover the syllabus through online mode as many students fail to connect due to poor internet connection. And to be honest, it becomes more challenging when exams get cancelled, the prevailing situation not only for the students but also for us who prepare the students for a particular exam.”
“Though it is frustrating to not conduct the exams effectively by the university, we have to see the number of students enrolled under Gauhati University. This is an unprecedented period that we’re passing through. But I believe colleges should be provided autonomy to evaluate the students considering the present situation. If the teachers of the affiliating colleges are entrusted to design the entire teaching as well as an evaluation process, only then online pedagogy would be meaningful. Again, the teachers of higher education should make attempts to design online courses both for the teaching and evaluation process. UGC should frequently organize Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on online course design and evaluation for Higher Education facilities.” Das further added.
Apart from this, GU has declared in the notice to conduct the 6th Semester examination for the UG courses from the second part of August in online mode only and the syllabus of the exam will cover 60% of the course.