Bhagavantha Kattimani, deputy director, department of PUE told TOI that with the Covid-19 pandemic, the academic calendar has been altered and students do not need to attend offline classes. “We have noticed that nearly 10 % of the students have remained away from the campus. Most of these students are children of migrant labourers or daily wagers who have not returned to Udupi and most of them have stayed back and started working in villages of North Karnataka. When it comes to PU final exams, the district has been topping and through the launch of the passing package books, we hope that those slow learners despite not attending classes regularly, manage to clear the exams,” he said.
“Nearly 14 books on various crucial subjects in Arts, Commerce and Science and languages have been prepared by subject wise lecturers’ forum, who have worked on this project for about 20 days. Instead of following regular notes and textbooks, if the student manages to study these books that are less than 100 pages each, it is sufficient to obtain pass marks. The reading material is simple and easy to understand. The department has already identified slow learners across the district and the principals of all colleges will make sure that the books reach the students who are not attending classes, through post. We are launching this package, probably first of its kind in the state for PU students to ensure that the district retains its top position. Those in need of these books can reach out to their respective college principals, “ Kattimani said.
About 14,000 students are expected to write the exams this year.