PS Yadapadithaya, vice-chancellor of the University of Mangalore, said a decision to start on-campus classes for other fields would be taken after September 15.
He said: “The district administration asked us to stop the ongoing semi-annual exams following the increase in Covid-19 cases in Kerala on August 3. After our request, they resumed from August 11. The exams ended on September 4th. After that, it was decided that even the semester courses will continue online after the exams.
However, there are scientific labs that cannot be taught online. Mangalore University has asked the district administration to grant concessions and allow the teaching of practicals on campus. “The district administration has taken our request into account. It has now allowed students to visit the campus starting next week for practical exams, ”Yadapadithaya said.
As per the guidelines, only a few students can come to campus at a time, and colleges must follow strict SOPs. Kerala students are required to produce negative RT-PCR test reports and follow all guidelines issued by the Karnataka State Government. All other courses that do not have practical subjects will continue online, and the decision to go offline is likely to be made after September 15. Nipah’s situation, ”Yadapadithaya said.
Focus on end of semester exams
In order to help undergraduate and postgraduate students, the University of Mangalore has planned to take their exams at the earliest. Yadapadithaya said the university will hold exams for sixth semester undergraduates and fourth semester postgraduates starting September 20.
Dropping the idea of online exams, Yadapadithaya said many oppose proctored exams. “So now we’re going to use the usual review model,” he said.