Call for alteration in the academic calendar

Call for alteration in the academic calendar

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Students Of NERIST started this petition to The Director

With due respect we wish to state in context of the academic calendar for the session July-Dec 2020 newly released after being subjected to certain modifications in response to the unprecedented halt caused by the impending Covid-19 pandemic that the way in which the same is designed is not very beneficial to as far the students from the current final year batch is concerned.  On the contrary the given timings for examinations and other activities might prove detrimental to the career and ambitions of the corresponding students and the reasons for the same have been elucidated in detail below.

1.       As mentioned in the document in picture, the End Semester Examination for the corresponding semester has been scheduled from 1st to 8th of February, 2021 which totally overlaps with the scheduled dates for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 2021. The calendar provides advancement of the semester examination by a week as a measure for the same which is not at all a proper solution to the discrepancy. The GATE candidates would face a forced diversion of attention towards the semester examinations and as a result would not be able to assign proper focus to the GATE examination at the eleventh hour which is the most important time from their preparation point of view. As a result the students would turn demotivated and thus cannot be expected to perform at their optimal level under such a circumstance. A surmountable fragment of the students have been preparing for the GATE 2021 examination diligently since many months now and any sort of hindrance on their path would deem all their efforts go in vain.

 

2.       Moreover if the subsequent semester starts in March it would definitely stretch till July or August 2021 which would mean ineligibility to appear for various government examinations such as UPSC, APPSC, SBI and IBPS PO, SSC CGL, etc. for the particular year and also the period for obtaining admission for higher studies in various esteemed educational institutes such as IITs, NITs, etc. would be over by then. The students would face a minimum of one year backlog in terms to career progression as all the other educational institutes would have their students graduated by May and June as stated in their recently released academic calendars. This would leave the students much behind in the race with their peers from other institutes and substantial amount of their valuable time would be wasted owing to the same. The magnitude and effect of the damage would be exorbitant and irreparable.

 

3.       Various other prestigious universities and other academic institutes across the nation have also released their modified academic calendars and have spaced the timings and duration of various activities reasonably well that they intend to end their semesters positively by May or June 2021. The likes of IIT Kharagpur, NIT Agartala, NIT Meghalaya, Rajiv Gandhi University AP, etc. have scheduled various activities across the academic year in a very effective manner as stated in their respective calendars and references can be drawn from the same in order to make requisite changes in the calendar and republish it in interest of the students of the final year batch.

 

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