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VSSUT Students Protest Varsity’s Decision To Conduct Semester Exams In July

Bhubaneswar: ‘We are students not your testing kits’- say students of Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT), Burla who are not happy with the decision of the varsity authorities to conduct semester exams in the month of July.

VSSUT has recently issued a notice asking students, who are supposed to appear their end term semester exams next month, to arrive at the university from June 18 to 20.

The notice also has it mentioned that the students can quarantine themselves in the hostels till the end of their examinations. Besides, the varsity authority has asked parents to submit undertaking related to the same.

The decision of VSSUT has not gone down well with the students and also parents as the protest has taken the internet by storm with demands and postponement of the exams for the time being.

“As the month of June is crucial in view of the rising cases of COVID-19, schools and colleges are shut, hence, I can’t submit an undertaking for my ward. If you (VSSUT authority) takes the responsibility of the safety of my child, conduct the exam,” said a parent.

While people still fear about staying in quarantine, how students can stay in quarantine at the varsity hostel, questioned another parent asking if the university will take responsibility in case anything happens to her child.

Besides, students of Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) are also not happy with the institution’s decision to hold the final semester exams in June-July.

Similarly, students of Ramadevi Women’s University have also demanded to defer the exam scheduled to be held towards the end of this month.

“We are going through mental harassment due to the decision of conducting the exams in these times,” said an engineering student of BPUT.

Universities should go for an alternative instead of conducting the exam as saving every single life is more important now, said another student of RD University.

Meanwhile, the Higher Education Department has said that the decision regarding the conduct of examinations will be taken in the next couple of days.

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Edited By Suryakant Jena

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