JNU Students’ Union To UGC: Suspend All Exams In View Of COVID-19
New Delhi: The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) has urged the University Grants Commission urging it to suspend all examinations in view of rising COVID-19 cases. JNUSU councillors Amrit Raj and Anagh Pradeep appealed to the body to issue fresh guidelines with respect to the conduct of examinations.
“We write to you with regard to suspending all examination and evaluation processes of the ongoing semester, taking into consideration the unprecedented rise in the COVID-19 cases across the country,” they said in their letter to the commission’s secretary, NDTV reported.
Citing how students, teachers and their families are affected by the pandemic, they alleged that “students and faculties are being forced to take part in the examination process even while they themselves have been infected and are battling the disease,” the report added.
“Under such situations, any form of evaluation or assessment taking place at this moment is not only unjust but also inhumane,” the letter said.
“We, therefore, request that you issue a directive for universities across the country to suspend all examinations, submissions, presentations, and other evaluation activities happening at the moment taking into consideration the grave situation the country is undergoing,” it said.
The JNUSU also urged the University Grants Commission (UGC) to issue fresh guidelines on the conduct of examinations in the months to come. The last UGC guidelines on examinations were issued on July 6 last year and the pandemic situation has changed much since then, the letter said.