Offline examinations for odd-semesters of undergraduate programs in Assam College have begun from Tuesday after authorities rejected protesting college students’ demand for on-line examination within the wake of an increase in Covid-19 circumstances, mentioned officers.

College students of about 15 faculties, affiliated to the varsity within the three districts of the Barak Valley, protested for 3 days until Monday night, however the varsity and district authorities cited official tips to reject their demand following a late night assembly at Cachar deputy commissioner’s workplace in Assam’s Silchar.

The scholars, who’ve been protesting towards offline examinations since Saturday, blocked Cachar deputy commissioner’s workplace on Monday night and have been dispersed solely after the police and Central Reserve Police Drive (CRPF) personnel cited prohibitory orders below Part 144, imposed within the district on the eve of the third and ultimate part of meeting elections within the state, and threatened them with a lathicharge.

“Assam College is discriminating between campus college students and college students of affiliated faculties. Regardless of the specter of Covid-19, they’re denying our demand. That is injustice. If a pupil will get contaminated in the course of the examination and dies, will the college take duty?,” requested a pupil, who didn’t want to be named.

Following the protest, the district administration known as a gathering of Assam College officers, principals of faculties and representatives of scholars. The universities unanimously supported the choice to conduct offline examinations.

“Assam College shouldn’t be the competent authority to evaluate the Covid scenario. It’s the district administration or the state authorities’s job to challenge an advisory, which guides our resolution. When the Dibrugarh College is conducting offline examination, the election fee is conducting elections, a Mela is occurring in Silchar, when every part is open, how can Assam College take a choice to not conduct offline examination? We’re following the Normal Working Process (SOPs) issued by the ministry of dwelling affairs, which instructs universities to open in a phase-wise method,” mentioned Pradosh Kiran Nath, Assam College registrar.

Further deputy commissioner Dipak Jidung mentioned, “We can’t affect the college’s resolution until it hampers the legislation and order scenario in our district. The college authority requested us to provide an advisory whether or not it’s unsafe to conduct offline examination at this second resulting from Covid. Although the variety of Covid circumstances are rising within the nation, we don’t have any directions from the state authorities to cease offline examinations.”

Presently, there are 16 lively circumstances of Covid in Cachar district and the final dying due the illness within the district was reported two weeks again.

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