The Assam College Teachers\' Association (Zonal Executive Committee : Cachar and Karimganj-Hailakandi Zone) submitted a memorandum to the Vice Chancellor of Assam University on Monday, requesting his attention towards the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in Barak Valley. The memorandum was intended towards requesting for an alternative method of exam amidst the rising COVID-19 cases.
The memorandum has cited the COVID-19 positive cases, reported among the examinee students and an on duty Assistant Officer-In-Charge of the Exam Section in Cachar College.
On April 18, a TDC first semester student of the Chemistry Department at GC College tested positive for COVID-19. He had earlier appeared for an exam on April 12. The student has been advised a strict isolation of 24 days by the doctor. On April 19, a TDC third semester student of NC Paul College tested positive for COVID-19. Later in the day, a 5th semester student of Karimganj College tested positive for the virus. The three students have been reported to be symptomatic. The Memorandum urges that the lives of the students are at stake as none of them can appear for the remaining offline examinations, in order to abide by the COVID-19 protocols.
Expressing their concern for the students, the signees said that the present variant of the coronavirus, being more infectious, gives rise to high possibility of more students and teachers, being infected by the virus, while appearing for the offline exam, or during invigilation.
The memorandum has stressed upon the decision, taken by the Standing Committee in a meeting on 6th April, 2021, that on the basis of the COVID-19 situation in future, the authorities may explore other modes of examination.
The signees, in the capacity of members of Standing Committee and the office bearers of Assam College Teachers\' Association, ask for the intervention of the Vice Chancellor into the matter. \"As you are the guardian of the academic community, it is our earnest appeal to treat this matter as the most urgent one and explore ways and means to address the health concerns of the students and the teachers\", quoted the memorandum.
Earlier on Monday, the Assam University released a notice, issuing guidelines for students and staffs involved in the offline examination process of the affiliated colleges, who develop symptoms of COVID-19.