NCPA, DNSU, NSUI state unit back ‘offline mode’ of exam

DIMAPUR, NOV 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/26/2021 2:11:52 PM IST

Nagaland College Principals Association (NCPA) has expressed pain over the agitation being carried out some students demanding online examination for the upcoming NU undergraduate odd semester examination 2021, scheduled to be held from December 3-17, 2021. 

In a press note, NCPA president Dr.Visakhonü Hibo and general secretary Dr. Lily Sema said that the students’ assessment in colleges suggested that “massive majority” preferred offline examination. In this regard, NCPA affirmed to “unequivocally” endorse offline examination and stand firm with the Nagaland University. 
The association stated that most colleges started online classes from July end and offline classes resumed smoothly by September.
NCPA lamented the action of agitating students, who it said were attempting to tamper the process of meritocracy, thereby, diluting the very objective of quality education. “May good sense prevail as even school children are attending offline classes and writing offline examinations,” NCPA said and encouraged all college students to stay calm and prepare for offline examination, as per the routine provided by the university.
DNSU: Affirming its stand on the ongoing protests by college students against the offline mode of examination, the Dimapur Naga Students Union (DNSU) Friday said that online mode of examination should not be endorsed in the state at the moment for the benefit of the student community.
DNSU through its media cell has, however, appealed to the Nagaland University to reconsider the already published exam routine, wherein the students were not getting any breaks in between the subjects.
DNSU said continuous lockdown has affected even the syllabus coverage in most of the colleges. Adding that the students were concerned about performing efficiently in the final examinations.
DNSU has, therefore, urged that NU to also reconsider a decrease in the syllabus.
Meanwhile, the union has requested the students protesting against the offline mode of examination to stop their agitation and start focusing on the academic achievements and exams ahead.
NSUI unit: Expressing deep concern over the recent turn of events surrounding the conduct of online/offline mode of exams, the Nagaland state unit of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), the student wing of the Congress party, has requested the Nagaland University authorities to access the situation, listen to the grievances of students and “come out with what will be in the best interests of the students.”
NSUI state unit through its media cell said that physical mode of exams was the best option for quality education, but “we cannot turn a blind eye to the happenings around us.” 
Asserting that the union has taken feedbacks and opinion of students from across Nagaland, NSUI state unit said there were certain aspects of their demands that needed due consideration. 
It said that it had been over a month since resumption of offline classes with classes being held alternatively. During the online mode of classes, the union said many students were in their respective hometowns where internet network condition was “tremendously poor”. NSUI unit said poor network caused serious challenges in the teaching process and the incompletion of syllabus.
During normal academic session, it said there was a time frame of six months in each semester, but this time around the students had got only four months for one semester. 
Further, it said the exam routine has been announced in a very short notice leaving the students clueless. Besides, it said there was no gap between the subjects, which has caused anxiety among the students.

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