Guwahati: Gauhati University authorities have rescheduled the PG (Post Graduate) and Integrated M.Com Odd Semester exams that were scheduled from Friday.

According to a notice approved by the university vice-chancellor and issued by the controller of examinations, GU, on Thursday, the exams that were scheduled on January 21, 22 and 24, 2022, will be rescheduled and the new dates for the examinations will be notified shortly.

“Other examinations scheduled from January 27 will be held as per schedule. The practical examination, too, will be held as per schedule,” the notice read.

An increasing number of COVID cases have reportedly been detected among students, even as the university authorities have not officially notified any such development.

Sources from GU informed EastMojo that since the university was shut for Bihu till day before yesterday, many students were yet to return to the hostels.

“We are not aware whether COVID is the reason for rescheduling the exams, but the fact that a majority of the boarders are yet to return to the hostels could be a reason why the exams on the first three days had to be deferred,” a source, wishing anonymity said.

Prior to the rescheduling of offline exams, “netizens” had embarked on a Twitter storm with the hashtag #GUStudentLivesMatters, against Gauhati University.

NSUI Assam had on its Twitter page on Wednesday demanded “Immediate closure of all the educational institutions across the state”. Besides, it suggested that the examinations should be held in blended mode (online/offline both).

It may be recalled that the university had to be closed for five days as a precautionary measure after 21 students had tested positive for COVID-19 in December last year.

Meanwhile, positivity rate continues to push the 13 per cent mark with 7,929 new COVID-19 cases reported in Assam on Thursday evening. Kamrup (Metro) district reported 1,716 COVID-19 cases. As many as 12 deaths were reported in the state on Thursday.

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