St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata, became the first educational institute in the state to draw up comprehensive plans, rules, and guidelines for its faculty and students to return to campuses. It announced that first-year undergraduate and post-graduate programmes will commence from June 1.
Vice-Chancellor of the University Father Felix Raj said that each class in the undergraduate and postgraduate departments would be divided into two batches of 25 and 30 students each, who would be attending classes on alternative days. On the days when students are away from campus, online classes will be held so that no part of the syllabus is missed and every student is kept up to date.
The vice-chancellor also added that no more than one student would be allowed on one bench. 25-30 percent of the classes of the first semester will be held online, he said.
St. Xavier’s University will be accepting online applications for the new session in August. Raj said, “In a vice-chancellors’ meeting last week, we agreed that uncertainty should not plague the student. Thus, we planned to hold the terminal semester examinations in both UG and PG programmes and to resume studies from September 1.”
The terminal semester exams are slated to be conducted online, adhering to the recommendations of the UGC, and publication of the final results will be on July 10.
Admission tests will be held for two UG courses and all PG courses, the university announced. 200 students will be allowed during admission tests for one subject at a time, instead of holding simultaneous exams on the same day. XLAT, the admission test for Law, will be held on Sunday, July 26.
Father Raj insisted that the university is taking all possible precautions and necessary measures to prevent the outbreak and spread of the novel coronavirus.
“We are aware of the UGC recommendations. But, we shall wait for a directive from the state. We do not want to get into any trouble or get blamed in case any student contracts the disease,” a senior state university official said. Apart from St. Xavier’s University, no other university has shown eagerness to reopen campuses.