KSU seeks Pokhriyal intervention on varsity exam during pandemic

Shillong, Jul 21 | Publish Date: 7/21/2020 12:31:53 PM IST

The Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) in Meghalaya has expressed its concern over the decision taken by the University Grant Commission (UGC) on July 6 last to direct the Universities to conduct examination by the end of September in offline (pen and paper)/ online/ blended (online and offline) mode amidst the rise of COVID -19 cases through-out the nation.

“The Union is mindful of the fact that the academic session and careers of the students has been halted due to this pandemic but appropriate steps and initiatives must to be taken in regards to ensure that the health of the citizens of the State is not at risk and peril because at this point of time it is of utmost importance that priority must be given in bending the curve of COVID – 19,” the KSU wrote to Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal and outlined its opposition to the UGC decision on several grounds.

Pointing out that Shillong is known as an educational hub and students from various North East states as well from other states pursue their academic careers here, the KSU said in North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) itself, the number of final year students is 787, out of which only 200 are students from the State and 587 are from outside, adding that there are various other private universities and colleges, in which the number of students from other states is “quite high”.

“Thus, if examinations of the students are to be conducted, then it is expected to see a huge number of students migrating to the State from all around the nation. This will pose a serious threat to the safety and security in regards to the health concerns of people as it is seen that the rise of COVID – 19 cases in Meghalaya is largely due to returnees from other parts of the nation,” the KSU highlighted.

“The Union also realizes that if all these students migrate to the State, it is going to be a herculean task for the State, universities, colleges and local authorities to keep a check on them so that they follow the mandatory quarantine period. Also, there is a huge number of students from the State who are pursuing their studies in different parts of the nation and if examinations are to be conducted, then they are ought to travel again which may pose a risk to them,” the Union expressed concern.

The Education Cell of the KSU requested the Union minister to look into the matter as it is of utmost importance.

“As the whole nation is seeing an increasing wave of COVID – 19 cases and there seems to be no indication as to when these cases may cease to rise and conditions eventually return back to normalcy, such decision by the UGC may cause drastic implications and pose a serious threat to the citizens of the nation as well of the State,” the Union wrote and sought the HRD minister’s intervention in this matter.


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