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Amid Covid-19 surge, AMU students write to VC, demand cancellation of examinations

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Amid deteriorating healthcare structure due COVID-19 cases, students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have written an open letter to Vice-Chancellor, Tariq Mansoor urging him to cancel the end-semester examination and announce results on the basis of prior tests and assignments.

In an open letter, the students of AMU have stated that the university is going through numerous losses due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the past ten days and they have lost so many teachers.

As per the letter which has been sent to Vice Chancellor, over 24 serving and retired faculty members have died and numerous other faculty members and students, and their family members are suffering from the disease.

The letter also asserted that many students are suffering from the disease themselves and there are many cases where the student is the only member looking after other family members admitted in hospital. “In other cases, students have just lost their dear ones to the pandemic and are in a condition of shock and grief,” the letter stated.

The examinations for end-semester were scheduled from May 20, 2021, for most courses, and from May 17 for some faculties and departments.

“In midst of this unprecedented crisis, the students of the university are being made to submit numerous assignments, and appear in tests and viva. This is exacerbating the physical and mental burden on the students, negatively affecting their physical and mental health,” the letter further reads.

Students have demanded the reduction in number of assignments and to extend the submission deadline of assignments, tests that have already been assigned.

The students have requested to “cancel the end-semester examination and award the marks allotted to it on the basis of internal evaluations and assignments already taken”.

“In case fulfilling these requests are beyond your jurisdiction, we request you to coordinate with the relevant bodies like the UGC and Central Government to fulfil these requests, as that is not only your administrative duty but also your moral responsibility,” the letter concludes.

No action has been taken by AMU administration regarding the same.

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