Jalandhar January 14
With the entire exam schedule delayed by nearly five weeks due to a recently ended strike by college teachers, Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to move to online mode.
According to the schedule announced today, the practical exam for all first, third and fifth semester students studying in undergraduate, postgraduate and diploma courses will be held from January 20-25 in online mode. All written exams will be taken online from January 27 onwards. Practical examinations for students were scheduled as per the pre-strike schedule from 15 December onwards.
Since the Teachers’ Union of Punjab and Chandigarh started a strike against the state government from the first week of December onwards to demand implementation of the Seventh Wage Commission of UGC, the examination had to be postponed. Exams at that time were scheduled to take place offline. Since the strike has continued to widen, students have been in limbo over the status and new exam schedule for more than a month. Even the principals’ union joined the teachers in their protest.
The demand for teachers was not met by the government until the implementation of the ballot law on January 8. Then the teachers finally chose to end their strike, and GNDU officials took a week to decide on the final exam schedule.
While IKGPTU and Panjab University announced the switch to online mode last month itself, GNDU authorities have long insisted that they will only undergo offline testing. But since it cannot be possible to some extent because the campus is closed due to the sharp rise in Covid cases, GNDU officials have also decided today to announce that the screening method will be online.
Dr. J.S. Samra, Principal of Lyalpur Khalsa College, said he received the examination schedule today from the university. University officials will upload the schedule of dates for all courses in one or two days on the GNDU portal. We will also inform the students of all the details regarding their WhatsApp groups.
The college authorities expect the even semester classes for the following semester to start from the last week of February or the first week of March, which means a delay of five weeks or so.