MANUU students say no to end-semester exams, demand ‘zero-semester’

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  8 Jun 2020 12:58 PM GMT
MANUU students say no to end-semester exams, demand ‘zero-semester’

Hyderabad: Even as the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad, conducted the end-semester examinations through online mode in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, students of the Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) in the city have voiced their concerns against an online assessment.

In a letter addressed to the in-charge Vice-Chancellor of the Central university, the MANUU students’ union said the end-semester examinations will not be feasible for the students of the university. Pointing out that Internet facilities are not uniform across the country, the president of MANUU students’ union, Umer Faruq, said, “More than half of the syllabus has not been completed. Also, most of the MANUU students are from rural areas and madrasa background. On the other hand, many female students don’t have smartphones or laptops. Amid the pandemic, there is distress and insecurity, particularly among students from lower and lower-middle-class groups.”

On 22 May, the university had released a revised academic calendar according to which the exams for final-semester MANUU students are scheduled to start from 7 July, while for the intermediate students the exams will start from 16 July. While the university has allowed provisions for special, as well as supplementary, examinations, students are confused about how the syllabus will be completed in six days after the university reopens on 1 July.

The MANUU students’ union has asked the college administration to take a cue from the University of Hyderabad and allow 50 per cent of the grade to be based on internal evaluation/assessment and remaining 50 per cent on their performance in the previous semesters. In addition to this, a special/improvement exam should be held in the upcoming semester if any student is unsatisfied with their marks, the union president said.

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