Concern over Calcutta University PG semester exam dates | Kolkata News

KOLKATA: The Calcutta University Teachers Association has written to vice-chancellor Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee expressing their concern after an electronic mail from the professional vice-chancellor (tutorial) to the heads of departments indicated the examinations for the primary and third semesters of the post-graduation applications should be accomplished between March 8 and 26.
Several school principals, who run PG departments, are additionally gearing as much as make representations earlier than the VC, requesting her to permit a while to complete the prescribed syllabus, which is in any other case unattainable if the exams are held on time.


The apprehensions should not unfounded. It shall be a troublesome job this yr, sticking to the tutorial calendar whereas additionally guaranteeing college students really be taught past what is critical to go an exam.

“While it is entirely possible to hold the third-semester examinations for all the faculties, except technology faculty for the third semester, the same cannot be said about the first semester. Classes for the first semester started on December 16 and the admissions are still going on. As per the UGC guideline that was referred by the university while instructing the departments to hold examinations during the stipulated time, the admissions were supposed to be over and classes were to start from November 1, which gave a clear four months for holding classes. But in Bengal, the classes started more than one and half months later,” mentioned a trainer of CU.
Parthiba Basu, president of CUTA added that holding examinations for the primary semester in March leaves barely over two months to carry lessons and will definitely compromise the teaching-learning course of as a good portion of the syllabus might need to be left untouched. “We requested the CU officials in the letter to reconsider the dateline and extend the duration of the semester by at least one more month before the examinations are held. However, after meeting the vice chancellor, she informed us about university’s compulsions about holding the examinations on the stipulated dates,” Basu mentioned.
CU authorities, nevertheless, knowledgeable that the dates for holding the examinations will stay unaltered. “The UGC has the mandate to organize examinations within a stipulated date. It is not possible to alter them since there may be a problem later. We have informed the departments to make arrangements,” mentioned a senior CU official. He added that particular person HODs have been requested to take up the matter with their board of research. “The PG departments have autonomy. They will decide if the syllabus can be curtailed. The faculty understands which topics are conceptual and hence must be taught. Moreover, to have additional time, the classes can be held virtually even on the weekends,” he added.
Even the universities, which run the PG departments, plan to strategy CU. “We have vacant seats and the admission is ongoing. The reserved seats are now in the process of being converted into general category ones. Unless the seats are filled up, we will not be in a position to finish the syllabus within March 8. We will hold a meeting of all department heads and decide if a letter, requesting the university to defer examinations can be sent to the VC,” knowledgeable the principal of a faculty.


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