Bhubaneswar: The Odisha state council of All India Democratic Students’ Organisation (AIDSO) has opposed the online examination of Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) saying the students might not be able to take the exam due to lockdown.
The state president of AIDSO, Ganesh Tripathy, and secretary Subas Nayak, in a press statement on Sunday, said that the students are not accustomed to online exams before, therefore, it will be an uphill task for them to take the exams.
They said the students coming from the rural areas will be hard hit due to the undemocratic decision of the varsity authorities.
The students said since most of them belong to rural areas and don’t have their own laptops or high-speed internet connection, they are not in a position to take the exam. It is not feasible enough to appear at the online examination, they added.
The government, in a notification on June 19, had directed the universities including BPUT to conduct final semester examinations of all courses online in the first week of July and declare the results by July-end.
The university has asked the students, not having access to internet, to take the examination in nearby exam centres or use computer facilities of professional/technical institutes near their homes.
The students have demanded that the exam be cancelled in view of coronavirus pandemic and the university should award grades on the basis of the marks obtained the previous semesters.