Jadavpur University offers hostel accommodation to students for offline exams – CampusVarta
Jadavpur University promised to arrange accommodation for fourth-year students so that they could take their final exams offline, but only a few students accepted the offer.
Students are always eager to take the exams online.
The university has extended the deadline for submitting applications for hostel accommodation to April 10 so that more students can apply. The first deadline was April 6.
“The deadline for submitting the completed boarding school application form has been extended to April 10 for undergraduate students admitted during the 2019-20 season or earlier,” reads a notice signed by the Dean of Students, Rajat Roy.
Only a handful of fourth-year BTech students have applied for housing. Students are asking that they be allowed to take their exams online due to a housing crisis.
A JU official said the university could accommodate around 80 students in its hostels so they could take end-of-semester exams in person at the end of April.
“If necessary, alternative accommodation can be arranged at the state government-run hostel. Accommodation arrangements can also be made at PG hostels,” Registrar JU Snehamanju Basu said.
The accommodation issue arose last month after fourth-year BTech students – the last non-domiciled group – said they were struggling to find hostels to take in-person exams.
Many distant students who stayed in PG accommodation before the pandemic said they struggled to find hostels for such a short time, until after exams.
“The accommodation problem arose in mid-March after the university’s examination board decided that the BTech year-end semester exams would be held offline next month, like the exams in other faculties, for fair assessment. While the teachers have remained firm in their resolve to hold the exams offline, the university is doing its best to secure free accommodation,” said Partha Pratim Roy, General Secretary of the JU Teachers Association.
Offline exams mean candidates have to come to campus, a JU official said.
On March 30, the teachers met and decided that if the exams were held online contrary to what had been decided at the exams and study council meeting, they would abstain from the process.
“The Exam Board, which is a statutory body, has decided to hold the exams offline. I cannot reverse the decision approved by the board. Teachers said they would stay away if exams were held online,” Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das told Metro last week.
The extension of the deadline for students to apply for accommodation suggests the university is ready to go the extra mile to hold offline exams, the JU official said.
Teachers said they were looking for a uniform exam pattern across all faculties because the university had moved from online to offline lessons following a drop in Covid cases and the suspension of restrictions caused by the pandemic.