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'Fake' notification on deferment of Gauhati University examination doing the rounds on social media

The Gauhati University has decided to conduct offline examinations for BA, B.Sc and B.Com final year students from September 22 to October 15

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  8 Sep 2020 7:06 AM GMT

Guwahati: Amid rising tensions over the impending exams in the midst of the ongoing crisis, a 'fake' Guwahati University notification has surfaced on social media that talks about deferment of the final year exams of BA and B.Sc.

However, sources have confirmed to media that the University has not issued any such notification, nor has it taken any decision regarding deferment of the said examinations.

"This is for information of all concerned that keeping in view the current pandemic, the decision has been taken for deferment of B.A./B.Sc final examinations of Gauhati University and its affiliated colleges/institutes. The dates for the said examinations will be notified later on," said the fake 'notification', dated September 7.

Soon afterward, the 'fake' document, which claimed to have the approval of the Vice-Chancellor of the University, started doing the rounds on social media.

It is pertinent to mention here that the GU has decided to conduct offline examinations for BA, B.Sc and B.Com final year students from September 22 to October 15. The exams will be held for students of 350 affiliated colleges.

The decision in this regard was taken during a meeting under the chair of Vice-Chancellor of GU PJ Handique held on Friday, September 4.

A Gauhati University official said the examinations will be held through pen and paper mode since the university doesn't have adequate infrastructures to hold online exams.

He said the exams will carry 50 per cent weightage and the remaining 50 per cent marks will be awarded on the basis of internal assessment.

The University's decision to conduct the exams without completing the full academic year has sparked immense outrage among some students. Additionally, it is felt that conducting the exams at a time when the COVID-19 curve in India is rising at a brisk rate is bound to endanger the lives of the students.

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