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AIDSO demands postponement of UG and PG exams of VSK University

Keeping in mind the implications of the COVID-19 second wave and the state-imposed lockdown, that had affected academic activities in the State, the Ballari district unit of All India Democratic Students Organisation (AIDSO) has demanded that the Vijayanagar Sri Krishnadevaraya University (VSKU) postpone its undergraduate and postgraduate examinations scheduled to begin on Monday.

Head and co-workers of the organisation met the university authorities on Thursday and expressed their opposition to what they called “rigidity and hurriedness of the university in conducting the examinations without giving enough time to students for preparations”.

“The VSKU is displaying its rigidity and hurriedness in conducting the examinations from July 26. Students could not attend classes during the lockdown and many of them even lost their close relatives and parents to the pandemic. Those who worked as agricultural labourers and construction workers for the last two to three months due to educational institutions’ closure have just now resumed their studies after the academic activities began. The VSKU should conduct revision classes for them and then conduct the examinations,” said the district president of the organisation Guralli Raja.

He also emphasised the need to vaccinate the students appearing for the examination and made it clear that the vaccination drive has not yet been completed for all the students so far.

“Only 65% of the students have got their vaccination for COVID-19. It is not right on the part of the university to conduct examinations before all of its students are vaccinated. Moreover, transportation services have not completely resumed in rural areas and students from rural areas would find it difficult to come to the examination centres. The government has not yet reopened hostels and students from faraway places may find it difficult to stay in cities and towns while attending the examinations,” district secretary of the organisation J. Soumya said.

A memorandum demanding that the examinations be postponed was submitted by the Students’ representatives while listing out the reasons for their demand.

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