The government has plans to reopen colleges starting after July 19 depending on vaccination coverage. The undergraduate examinations of first, third and fifth semesters, which are 70% completed, were postponed due to the KSRTC strike and pandemic induced lockdown. The postgraduate examinations that were scheduled, were never held.Online classes for even semester undergraduate and postgraduate courses have already commenced.
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Mangalore University vice-chancellor P S Yadapadithaya, giving out details about the strategy, stressed that the objective is to help students to complete writing their examinations, especially those in the final year. According to current plan, university will ensure holding pending undergraduate exams soon after reopening of colleges. A meeting in this regard was held on Monday with principals of all colleges under Mangalore University. They have given their consent for the same.
Conducting undergraduate examinations will be difficult for those who cannot travel back to campus. The VC said that a majority of students from outside the state are from Kerala. “We will adopt the model which was followed in the previous academic year. We will have an agreement with universities from other states and countries, to allow their campuses to write the examination, which will prevent students from travelling. It had worked well last time, without any glitches,” said Yadapadithaya.
A notice will be given to all students 10 days prior to conducting pending UG examinations, and online classes will be suspended. Meanwhile, MU is also planning to hold UG examination paper evaluation during those 10 days.
As per the plans, PG examinations will be conducted soon after commencement of regular classes.
32% students, staff vaccinated
As many as 57,018 college students and staff in Dakshina Kannada, out of the targeted 1,78,968 beneficiaries, have been vaccinated as onJuly 12. Data shows that 46,886 students received their first dose of the vaccine and a total 240 vaccination drives were conducted. Dr B V Rajesh,reproductive child health officer, Dakshina Kannada, said this last week they were not able to vaccinate students and staff as planned, due to less supply of vaccines. “We are receiving more vaccine doses this week,” he added.