As St. Xavier’s University decides to follow the University Grants Commission’s guidelines on end semester exams, the varsity’s students have a lot to say.
The St. Xavier's University, Kolkata (SXU) yesterday decided against publishing the final semester results scheduled for July 10. Soon after, the Vice Chancellor, Fr. Felix Raj, said that the university will conduct another exam worth 50 marks, which will help SXU finalise the results according to the University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines issued on July 6. So, the evaluation process designed by the varsity, which included a 50 percent evaluation based on previous semesters, doesn’t qualify.
This has triggered a barrage of opinion from the students of the university.
A postgraduate student from the Department of Economics said, “At this stage, offline exams are impossible and we have already given a 50 marks online exam, and also a 40 marks continuous internal assessment (CIA) along with a 10 marks internal exam. So, basically 100 marks have already been covered by us. Now, this decision of having another exam is unnecessary. They could have just considered the 40 marks exam. Also, at this point we are not learning anything new, so why to give another exam on the same knowledge? For this we have to wait for another two months and results will also be delayed further which will make our placements even uncertain.”
Another undergraduate student from the Department of Bachelor of Management Studies said, “Everything was planned according to the date for the result, but all of a sudden, just one day before our results, they’ve planned that the entire evaluation will take place on the basis of 100 percent of our marks. The main issue is the lack of transparency between the university and its students and why are we getting information through the newspaper before being informed by the college itself? I had a job lined up and the only thing they required was the final-year mark sheet and I could not submit as the exams were delayed, and the result also got postponed. But the university is prolonging the process and this way I have more chances of losing the job.”
A postgraduate student of the Dept. of Mass Communication said, “This move was very unprecedented, nobody had foreseen this and the university itself admitted that it was ready with the results. Now, just to follow the UGC guidelines, to be first in the city or the country in fact, they have taken such a bold step without even having a word with the student community. This is very unwelcome and I don't think the university has taken the right decision.”
A student of the Dept. of Commerce (PG) said, “This is completely illogical. Assignments that we had appeared for in the month of June seem to be meaningless now. It was all over for the final year students, so how can the university just call us back? We are not sure if we are a MCOM postgraduate or just a graduate. So many students could not apply for jobs and accept job offers as the results also got delayed, which was supposed to get published today itself.”
A PG student from the Department of English said, "No exam is easy, it takes a good amount of mental pressure on us, we have a problem because in this time of uncertainty, results could have been a way to move forward. At this point another exam is going to happen and it is so unorganised. There are also people who are going to apply for PhD and with this mental preparation they are suddenly being told that they will again have to give an exam. This is becoming a topsy-turvy situation. That is a big problem. We are not angry but we are just disappointed.”
To cut a long story short, students are against giving another exam, and eventually are taking to social media, urging the university to cancel the examination at this time of the pandemic as they say - it is just not about Internet connections, but also about the mental state of giving another exam.
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