DIGBOI, May 14 � The preponement of the even-semester examinations of BA, BSc and BCom programmes under the Dibrugarh University by a week to May 11 has gone against the academic calendar of the university.
The academic calendar was recommended by the Academic Planning Committee of the university in its meeting held on March 13, 2014 and was approved in the 322nd meeting of the executive council of the university on March 14, 2014.
The calendar, effective from January 2014 to June 2015, reflects the gusto with which the university is making headway towards development of the higher education scenario in the upper Assam region since Prof Alak Kumar Buragohain assumed the office of the vice chancellor. A thorough look into the calendar manifests the positive strength of its student-centric academic agenda.
As per the calendar, the even-semester examinations of the BA, BSc, BCom programmes were scheduled to be held from May 18 to June 15, 2015 and the classes of the said programmes had to be completed on May 9, 2015. The last date for submission of the evaluated scripts of the examinations with relevant documents by the zonal officers to the university was fixed on June 29, 2015 and the semester-end vacation for the teaching staff of the colleges was fixed for the period from June 16 to July 15, 2015. But a week�s preponement of these examinations has upset those schedules, causing considerable inconvenience to the students as well as the college authorities.
Under the semester system, a week�s time is long enough for the students to make preparations for their examinations. Further, the period from June to July happens to be very hectic for colleges due to new admissions into the HS first year classes as well as the first, third and fifth semester classes of the BA, BSc and BCom programmes.
It has been learnt that due to the pressure of some teachers� organisations, the university authorities had not only to prepone the even-semester examination schedule but also to think of restructuring its semester-end vacation. Sources said that the semester-end vacation, scheduled to begin from June 16 for a month, is sought to be postponed till July 1.
The third and fifth semester classes are also sought to be started immediately after the second and fourth semester examinations. If that happens, it will be a departure from the system itself and the attendance of students in those classes will be uncertain.
Conscious citizens have expressed the opinion that the university authorities should give a careful thought to the matter and see that no section of students suffers any penalty, and that the pace of development of the university continues unabated.