IUST students stage protests, demand online exams

The students of Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) held protests here demanding online mode of exams.

The 8th semester students pursuing BBA and B Tech at the varsity assembled at the Press Enclave and raised slogans that the authorities should hold their exams in online mode instead of offline exams.

“We have only completed half of our syllabus in each subject at the University, but the authorities are asking us to prepare for entire syllabus. Our date sheet was issued on September 16. How can we prepare all the four units in just five days?” asked a student pursuing business management.

He said the University had been turned into a COVID centre and now the students were apprehensive they could contract infection.

He said there were students living in far flung areas who used to stay in University hostels. “They were earlier asked to vacate the hostel. How will they manage to reach the University for writing exams,” he said.

The student said they completed their 5th semester in August this year. “The University could have held exams for backlog papers during these months but they have issued the date sheet for holding backlog exams also. Now, we are required to appear for final semester exams and backlog papers at the same time,” the student said. “This is sheer injustice with us.”

A student pursuing B Tech at the varsity said the authorities must conduct their exams before September 31 so that they would become eligible for admissions for postgraduate programme.

“If our exams aren’t held before September 31, our provisional admissions in different Universities will be cancelled,” said the student.