Panjab University has issued new guidelines for conducting examinations as the varsity plans to hold semester examinations in July.

These standard operative procedures (SOPs) were issued by the examination branch of the university to the heads of departments (HoDs) and all affiliated colleges.

According to the guidelines, staffers on examination duty have to download the Arogya Setu application. The maximum strength of examination centres will be 150 and duration of examinations will be two hours. Wearing of masks is mandatory for teachers, staff and students.

The guidelines also mention that no candidate or staff from containment zones or red zones will be allowed in the examination centre.

Moreover, any student or staffer having symptoms of Covid-19 or under quarantine will not be allowed into the centre. A distance of four to six feet between examinees has been made mandatory.

Also, thermal screening of every entrant in the examination hall is mandatory. Examination halls will be sanitised before the exams commence.

The guidelines allow the appointment of additional assistant superintendent to ensure the norms.

Employees above 65-years-old, pregnant woman and physically challenged persons will not be put on examination duty, as per the guidelines.

Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) president, Chetan Chaudhary said, “This just shows that education for Panjab University is just about examinations. They have formulated a very poor strategy and these guidelines lack clarity.”

Nikhil Narmeta, president of the Panjab University National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) said, “If students from containment zones and red zones are not allowed in the examination centres, what is the alternative that will be provided to them?”

PU’s controller of examinations, Parvinder Singh said, “PU authorities have taken cognizance of the unanticipated situation and notified SOPs for the conduct of semester examinations in July.”

“If a student cannot appear in the examination as they reside in a red zone or containment zone, permission will be granted for special examination later. Safety and security is paramount for university authorities. A proper notice will be sent to all the colleges and departments in this regard,” he added.

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