Shillong, Oct29: The Covid-19 pandemic has created immense difficulties for students and the inability of NEHU to operate as per the UGC guidelines pertaining to conducting of examinations has added to the woes of the students.
Students informed that as per the “UGC Revised Guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calendar for the Universities in view of COVID-19 Pandemic” which was notified on April 20, it has been clearly stated that, “The students of terminal semester/final year having backlog should compulsorily be evaluated by conducting examinations offline (pen and paper)/ online/ blended (online + offline) as per feasibility and suitability”. Sources said that unfortunately, even after this clear directive from the UGC, NEHU has failed to implement the guidelines leading to the agony of students.
The students with backlogs were not given the chance to appear for their examinations even after the directive given by the UGC.
According to sources, what made matters worse was that regular examinations were conducted, whereas the backlog examinations are pending.
This led to the results being declared soon and unfairly declaring the students having backlogs as having failed, when they were in fact denied their right to appear for their examinations as directed by the UGC, sources added.
Sources said that when the students enquired about the situation, some HODs, Deans and other functionaries were shifting responsibility.
The students wondered as to when Manipur University, Tezpur University, Cotton University and others have been able to conduct both regular and backlog examinations for the final year students by following UGC guidelines, what made NEHU to violate the norms.