Principals of around 42 colleges affiliated to the Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday participated in a virtual meeting to discuss and address challenges related to examinations and the impending academic session 2020-21 which has taken a toll following the COVID-19 pandemic.

RGU vice-chancellor, Prof Saket Kushwaha who chaired the meeting, in his address appealed to the colleges to work in unison with the university so as to ensure that the students do not miss an entire academic year at any cost.

“The RGU will under no circumstances leave any student behind. This is the motto of our university,” he said seeking the support of all the principals.

Echoing Prof Kushwaha, university registrar  NT Rikam said proper coordination among the university and its colleges can help overcome all challenges.

He informed that the university had to re-schedule the ongoing online exams from September 30 to October 18 in view of the recent Coovid-19 outbreak in the campus.

RGU pro-vice-chancellor Prof Amitava Mitra, joint registrar (academics) Dr David Pertin, joint registrar (exams) Dr Nani Tamang Jose and the coordinator of RGU’s online exams Prof Utpal Bhattacharya also shared their experiences.

The principals of colleges on their part shared the issues faced by the colleges and put forward measures to overcome them.

It was shared by almost all the institution heads that internet connectivity was one of the biggest hurdles faced by the colleges and the students alike to participate in online classes and exams.

To this, Pertin informed that the university has already made an appeal to all the important network providers such as Vodafone (now VI), Jio, BSNL etc to ensure proper internet connectivity in the campus.

The meeting further resolved that efforts may be put in by the RGU, state government and colleges to collectively initiate steps to request the network service providers to strengthen connectivity in all parts of the state.

Several other issues faced by the students in regards to examinations were also discussed during the meeting.

It was shared that almost all online exam-related concerns were due to the wrongful feeding of data by the students while filling up the forms.

To resolve the same, a Google form has been circulated amongst the colleges for further circulation among the students to correct their applications.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com