Shashi Tharoor calls Kerala Uni’s move to hold offline exams highly irresponsible

Other universities in the state have also announced offline exams for students post June 15.
Shashi Tharoor MP
Shashi Tharoor MP
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Kerala University’s decision to hold offline examinations for students later this month, amid the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has come under criticism. Congress leader and Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor on Friday tweeted calling the move ‘highly irresponsible’. Exams for sixth semester students of Kerala University are scheduled to be held on June 15.

“It's irresponsible that the Kerala University S6 exams are scheduled from 15th June. Pushing students into circumstances that may endanger many lives is an injustice. I urge @CMOKerala (Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan) and @KeralaGovernor (Governor Arif Mohammed Khan) to put all exams in the state on hold or conduct online tests, if unavoidable,” Shashi Tharoor said in the tweet.

Many students also raised concerns over conducting offline examinations amid the pandemic. While many raised concerns over returning home to elderly family members after attending the examination, others pointed to the difficulty in travelling long distances amid the lockdown to write the exam. Meanwhile, Mahatma Gandhi University has also announced that examinations will be held post June 15. Kerala Agricultural University had also announced the holding of exams post June 15.

According to reports, only Kerala Technical University has announced conducting online examinations, while others are mooting offline exams. In a recent meeting of Vice Chancellors of various universities in the state, most of them had reportedly been urged to conduct offline exams. 

According to the regular schedule of the universities, most exams were supposed to be held in May. However, it got postponed due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. The Kerala government has announced more lockdown regulations in the state from Saturday (June 5) until June 9. According to the state government, the move is to bring down the test positivity rate in the state.

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