Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) Awantipora, final year students blamed that the higher authorities haven’t paid any attention to them, and they have been pressurised, by the decision of taking the exam in offline mode and that too in October.
The students added that many students who are to appear in the exams have been affected by Covid and are still trying to recover from it. They said that it will be a colossal risk for such students to travel to university and it is a potent threat of everyone getting infected.
While terming it as the injustice for students of far flung areas who used to stay in hostels, attending exams for them will be a huge task as students have to reach university from areas like Ladakh, Uri, Sopore, Kupwara, Baramulla, Kokernag to name a few.
They believed that while travelling in public transport, students aren’t only ones at risk but their families are put at risk as well and many have elderly and patients at home.
According to the students, who have done admissions for further studies have to present migration certificate and provisional degree by or before 30 September so any more delay in exams will cost them their admission and be a severe blow to their career.
More than 38 faculty members have tested positive and it is also a quarantine centre so it is not a safe environment for exams to be conducted.
The students alleged supplementary exams that were conducted offline, no protocols or social distancing was observed there so if the protocols couldn’t be followed for a couple of students there is no way they can be followed for the whole batch.
The students said that at the time when every educational institute has eased the situation for student convenience and safety only like KU, NIT Srinagar, IITs and Mumbai University but only IUST is putting the lives of students in danger.
Despite repeated attempts IUST authorities didn’t picked up the phone. (CNS)
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