Uncertainty over exams has final-year students in a fix - ECAS Punjab

Uncertainty over exams has final-year students in a fix

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Deepkamal Kaur

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 2

The final-year students of all state-run universities and affiliated colleges are in a dilemma for over three weeks now regarding their examinations.

While the state universities have not promoted the final-year batches, students of most Centre-run institutes and private universities have an edge as their results have been declared and a majority of them have got jobs too.

When Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on July 4 announced that no examination would be held and the result of the students should be declared on the basis of previous assessments, there was a sense of relief among the students and parents.

However, days later, the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development said the examination would have to be held. On July 11, the CM wrote to the Prime Minister, asking him to get the UGC guidelines on conducting examination reviewed. Since then, there has been no clarity and the state government is yet to take a final call.

Anurag Duggal, a final-year student of BSc (Non-medical) at Doaba College, said: "The delay is affecting me badly. My family is facing a financial crisis due to the Covid-19 outbreak. I am not able to get a good job as employers insist on seeing the final-year certificate first."

Abhishek Jamwal, an MA final-year student, said: "I wanted to apply for BEd, but I am stuck as my final exams have not been held yet."

Dr Sucharity, principal, Apeejay College of Fine Arts, said: "We keep flagging their concern in our online meetings with officials of Guru Nanak Dev University, but they say the government will take the final call."

Dean (Academics), GNDU, Manoj Kumar, said: "The decision is to be taken by the state government and university is bound by its order". Same was the reply of Dr Ajay Sharma, Vice-Chancellor of IKG Punjab Technical University.

As confusion prevails in the state-run universities, Centre-owned institutes like Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology and private universities have held assessments and issued detailed marks certificate to the students.



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