Exams for final year Mangalore University students get under way | Mangaluru News

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Mangaluru: The even-semester final year examination for undergraduate/post-graduate courses offered by Mangalore University had a relatively smooth start on Tuesday. Normally conducted in April/May, the examination was deferred due to the pandemic. It is being held pursuant to a direction by the Supreme Court which in August upheld UGC’s July 6 guidelines that made holding exams compulsory for final-year students for all universities.
Vice-chancellor P S Yadapadithaya told TOI that initial reports were encouraging. A Covid-19 positive student from Udupi was keen to appear for the exam, but decided against it on medical advice. Separate arrangements have been made in the examination centre for Covid-19 positive students to write the exam, he said adding those who cannot do so, may appear for special examinations in November.
The university will treat such students as fresher’s and not repeaters; he said adding they need not pay the examination fee again. Besides, students who appear for ongoing examination and are not able to give their best due to understandable strain too can seek to improve the same in November examinations, he said. “Syndicate has given us the leeway to be liberal with students for this examination as a one-time special case,” Yadapadithaya said.
P L Dharma, registrar (evaluation) said a set of students from Belthangady, Uppinangady and Sullia were unable to register for examination online due to connectivity issues. University made special arrangements to issue them manual hall tickets. One Covid-19 positive student appeared for the examination at an examination centre in Moodbidri, Dharma said.
The university initially had planned to wrap up the examinations by September 30. However, the multitude of combinations in the BA UG programme and non-availability of dates due to NET/KSET examinations scheduled later in the month has stretched the time-table up to mid-October, VC said. In all, 32,820 UG and PG students have registered to write the examinations in 205 centres spread across DK, Udupi and Kodagu districts, out of which 26,215 students appeared.
Students appeared for the UG/PG examination in states as far as Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur and even Karnataka University, Dharwad. “Authorities of the exam centre in J& K have sent the videos and photos of examinations conducted there. Manipur University that conducted the exam on our behalf has also sent us the ‘A’ form, that is attendance sheet of the 16 candidates who appeared for the examinations there,” Dharma added.

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