The undergraduate exam that began the last week of March had to be cut halfway through due to the KSRTC strike and the lockdown. So far, 72% of reviews have taken place. Postgraduate exams were scheduled to start on April 26 and were then postponed until Thursday. On average, students can have about four documents pending.
Meanwhile, students under the ABVP banner staged a protest, urging the University of Mangalore to hold the exams, which were postponed on the instructions of the Deputy Commissioner, following a spike in cases of Covid-19.
In a memorandum submitted to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Mangalore, the students said the majority of students pursuing undergraduate courses were from the district and only a handful of students were from Kerala. “It was not good to postpone the exams all at once. The VTU organizes its exams for engineering courses. Even the state government had carried out SSLC reviews by adhering to the Covid-19 guidelines. Likewise, undergraduate exams should be conducted for the benefit of the students, ”the protesting students said.
Receiving a memorandum, Vice-Chancellor PS Yadapadithaya said the registrars would meet with the deputy commissioner to convince him to allow the university to conduct the exams according to Covid-19 guidelines. In case Kerala students are unable to take the exams due to restrictions in border areas, the university will hold a special exam for them in the coming days.
PL Dharma told TOI that the exams will be conducted according to UGC guidelines and a decision will be made on Thursday, after meeting with the DC.