Hyderabad: A total of 423 students resorted to online protest after Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTUH) released a notification asking the Btech, BPharm, PharmD students to appear for exams from October second week. These students were earlier promoted due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The JNTUH is now asking all the students of its affiliated colleges to appear for the exam, months after the semester has ended. The students are already into progressive semester lessons after the university promoted them, according to The New Indian Express.
Various affiliated institutes’ students released an online poster on social media accounts saying they will stop attending online classes if the university conducts the exam. Most JNTUH affiliated institutes are already boycotting online classes in protest. “We are studying for the fourth semester since July. How can we write the exam on the third semester in October?” a student from MGIT college asked, wishing to remain anonymous.
“This is totally unjust. We will have to write exams for ten subjects and also focus on our mid-term exams, not very later we will have to write the current semester’s exams. No other university except JNTUH is doing it,” the student was quoted as saying by TNIE.
The university recently released notification and said, “This second spell of semester exams comprises regular and supplementary examinations of all PG courses (including Pharm D.) and all I-1, II-1, III-1 and IV-1 supply exams of B.Tech and B.Pharm courses.”
Jayesh Ranjan, JNTUH Vice-Chancellor, said the university is following the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) direction. “We are following All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) directions to conduct pending semester exams. We decided to conduct the exams in October. Even earlier, we have said that ‘the decision of postponement of the exam can be changed if the situation becomes favourable. We have already conducted the end semester exams for final year students successfully. After careful consideration, we have finally decided to conduct exams for all students, so there is no going back,” the vice-chancellor was quoted by TNIE.