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AU committee invites protesting students wishing to take online exams for discussions

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A high-level committee formed by the Vice-Chancellor of Allahabad University (AU) to review applications from students to take online exams convened a meeting of five restless student representatives on Monday.

The meeting will take place at the Dean’s office, Faculty of Science at 2:00 p.m.

The decision was made at the panel’s first meeting held on Saturday which saw unrest for the third day in a row over the issue.

AU PRO Professor Jaya Kapoor said: “All aspects of the ongoing offline teaching and the proposed exam schedule were discussed at the high-level committee meeting constituted by Vice-Chancellor Sangita Srivastava. The panel members decided to meet with the delegation of restless students and hear their grievances on February 21.

Following the decision and assurance of the UA Registrar, Professor NK Shukla, the students will not hold a protest on Sunday.

“We called all the protesting students to the Office of the Controller of Examinations at noon on Monday and from there we were heading to the office of the Dean (Science) where our representatives would hold a meeting with the committee and then also hold our own meeting there. low,” said Abhishek Dwivedi, a student leader belonging to the National Student Union of India (NSUI).

Earlier, Allahabad University Faculty of Arts campus continued to witness massive protests by a large number of students on Saturday as well. The students demanded that the annual exams be conducted in online mode against the university’s decision to conduct the annual exams in offline mode.

They reiterated their position that since the teaching of the current academic session has been affected by the Covid-19 and many teachers have not taken courses even in online mode, the university has been unfair in requiring students to take the exam in offline mode. Students carried signs in support of their requests for online exams. Due to the protest, heavy police forces as well as PAC personnel were deployed on campus.

Last week, following the Examination Committee meeting, the Examination Controller, Prof. Ramendra Kumar Singh said that the AU will hold the second and third year undergraduate exams in offline mode from of April 22. The first semester exams for PG courses are also to be held offline from the first week of May.

PHOTO CAPTION: Students hold a protest on the UA campus on Saturday. (excl. tax)