Jadavpur University teachers threaten to boycott exams if held online: ABUTA

The faculty at the university’s engineering department said Tuesday they would boycott the exam process if the university chooses to keep it online for final-semester students.

“It was previously decided that all exams will be taken offline. Following the student protests, the university has learned that it has reversed its decision and that the final semester exams will be conducted online. Under such circumstances, we have decided to boycott the online exam process. We believe that a true evaluation of papers cannot be made if the exams are administered online,” Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association (JUTA) general secretary, Partha Pratim Roy, told The Indian Express.

Some of the engineering students had summoned JU Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das for 10 hours on Monday to push through their demand. The JU chapter of the All Bengal University Teachers’ Association (ABUTA) also said they would boycott the exam process if the decision to keep the exam offline is reversed by the JU administration.

“Our teachers will also not participate in the exam process if it is administered online,” said ABUTA spokesperson Goutam Maity.

However, Vice Chancellor Das reiterated on Tuesday that the decision of the university examination board to keep the exams offline is final and will not be reversed. “We will not give in to such demands from the students. I categorically told them during the gherao that the investigation will take place offline,” he said.

FETSU has not yet commented on the matter.

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