Tribune News Service
Amritsar, October 27
Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) has declared the results of almost all final year (exit) classes, the examinations of which were conducted online this year from September 15 till October 15 amid the Covid threat. At least 43,000 students of undergraduate and postgraduate exit classes had taken the exams.
The university has also opened its online portal for private candidates, who couldn’t take the exams, to apply for a later date.
Manoj Kumar, Controller of Examinations, GNDU, said they had declared the results of exit classes in time as stated under the UGC guidelines, so that students could apply for jobs or higher courses.
“We never wanted the pandemic to cast shadow on the future of our children, therefore the university decided to hold the first-ever online examinations for exit courses. The aim was to facilitate students to plan for their future and professional endeavors in time. Exit courses are quite important as they mark the final year of academic education for any particular field of study,” said Manoj Kumar.
He said the results of a majority of technical and vocational courses had been announced, and by the end of this week, that of the remaining courses would also be declared.
Earlier, the university had planned to conduct the examinations for the exit courses in July, but the decision had to be postponed twice due to the pandemic-related restrictions. The matter had also courted a controversy as various student bodies moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court urging it to direct the university to formulate a system of scoring and evaluation based on the past performance of the final year students.
However, it was later decided to conduct the examinations online amid the rising Covid cases. “We planned and conducted the examinations keeping in mind every detail. Our teachers monitored the entire process online. An emergency response team was formed to tackle any technical snag,” said Manoj Kumar.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Jaspal Sandhu, said the university would consider students who could not take the examinations on medical grounds or pandemic-related limitations. He said they had reserved dates for such students. “We have received requests from some students who could not take the exams on medical grounds. We will announce the dates for examinations soon,” said Manoj Kumar.
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