Students demonstrated at Calcutta University (CU) on Friday, demanding online examinations. Around 200 students protested outside the university’s main campus on College Street, arguing that two months of classroom teaching was insufficient to complete a six-month semester’s syllabus and hold offline exams.
“Classes were held on campus only for two months and we are expected to write papers based on the whole syllabus. This is possible only if exams are held in an open book format like the last two years,” stated Arijit Saha, a CU-affiliated Bangabasi College student.
At the university’s main campus, similar protests were organised twice in the last week. The end semester exams for undergraduate and post-graduate students should be held in the offline mode, according to two high-power committees constituted by CU. College principals, on the other hand, have been requested to provide feedback on the recommendation.
On Thursday, Vice-Chancellor Sonali Chakraborty Banerjee said the university would make a final decision after hearing from all stakeholders.
While the faculty is largely in favour of offline examinations, a section of students, particularly student unions, wants the online exam system to continue, according to a CU official. General students, according to Trinamool Chhatra Parishad state president Trinankur Bhattacharya, are demanding online examinations.