Many universities like Visvesvaraya Technological University, Bangalore University, and Maharani Cluster University could not complete odd-semester exams. Due to the strike by transport employees, many of them postponed exams and hoped to conduct them as soon as it ended. However, by the time the strike was called off after 15 days, Covid cases began surging, prompting the government to shut schools and colleges.
“It has resulted in a tough situation for students. Every time I start my online class, students ask me about their pending exams. They are wondering whether they will be called off or not. They are scared they will forget what they have learnt if the exams get postponed further,” said a lecturer from Maharani Cluster University.
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Agreed BG Satyaprasad of GT Group of Institutions: “It’s a very unfortunate situation students are in. Parents will not allow students to come to campuses unless the scenario improves dramatically. Until then, we will have to conduct revision classes of odd semesters too. For instance, we now conduct one hour of class for odd semester and two hours for even. We’re not being aggressive when it comes to holding classes of even semester and want to take it slow to help children cope.”
“I had prepared well for the exams when they were postponed. I know I can just revise when fresh dates are announced. But it’s a lingering worry in the back of my mind. It makes me anxious all the time,” said an MSc student. “For students who have gone to their hometowns without books, it’s additional pressure,” she added.
KR Venugopal, the vice-chancellor of Bangalore University, said students will be given enough time to prepare for odd-semester exams. “Students will be given 10 days of preparatory time before the exams are held. They have already studied, they just need to revise, which will not need much time. Students have to learn not just for the sake of exams, but also to acquire skills and knowledge. With that, they will not forget portions easily,” he said.
‘They will get time to prepare’
VTU VC Karisidappa said only three papers of the first semester BE are pending, while exams for MBA, MCA, and MTech have not been conducted. “I had taken consent from all principals. Everyone thought it’s important to engage students in academic activities during this period. The two weeks of induction programme that was pending is being held online and classes will start from May 19. We will give them time to prepare for first semester exams before they are held,” he said.