Ignoring student demand for online exams, Assam University started hosting offline exams for undergraduate courses from Tuesday.
Students from around 15 colleges demonstrated to demand that the university hold exams online given the rapid increase in Covid-19 cases.
University officials and the Cachar district administration, however, cited official guidelines for denying the online exam request, according to a report.
The University of Assam is located in Silchar in the district of Cachar.
The students had launched a three-day protest in Cachar district from April 3-5 to demand online exams.
They even attacked the deputy police station in Cachar, and the police and the Central Police Reserve Force (CRPF) threatened them with lathi to force them to leave the area.
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The district administration had imposed Article 144, imposed in the district on Monday before the final phase of the Assam assembly elections in the state.
“Authorities at the University of Assam are refusing to respond to our request for an online review even as cases of Covid-19 are increasing at an alarming rate. Will the university take responsibility if a student is infected during the exam and dies? A student said on condition of anonymity.
However, in a meeting with the Cachar district administration, colleges affiliated with the University of Assam agreed to conduct offline exams.
“The university authority has approached us to give an opinion on the security issue involving the taking of an offline exam at the present time. Although India has been affected by the second wave of Covid-19, we have yet to receive instructions from the government of Assam to stop holding offline exams, ”an official said. administration of the district of Cachar.