Medical students at Shree Krishna Ayush University in Kurukshetra, Haryana continue to raise their voice against the exams that are scheduled to be conducted from August 17. Citing the threat of coronavirus, BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine, and Surgery) and BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) students are constantly demanding the cancellation/postponement of exams. Some students have also demanded the university authorities conduct online exams, to prevent the students from gathering at the exam centres.
Taking to social media, thousands of students have said travelling to examination centres for practical and other exams would pose a threat to them, along with their family members.
According to the students, nearly 10 colleges affiliated to Shree Krishna Ayush University in Haryana have already issued a datesheet for exams beginning August 17.
India TV Digital on Wednesday contacted the Ayush University authorities to get clarity on the exams that are scheduled to be conducted in the next 10 days.
Commenting on the upcoming exams, Satish Vats, Controller of Examination at Ayush University said the exams are being scheduled after they had received the guidelines to conduct the medical exams for the students.
"It is mandatory to conduct medical exams for the future of the students. As it is a four-and-a-half-year course, the exams cannot be further postponed as the coronavirus situation does not seem to end anytime soon," the Controller of Examination at Ayush University said.
"We cannot waste a year of the students and later force them to write exams of both the years at once," Satish Vats said.
When asked about the risk of students contracting the coronavirus, Vats said, "proper guidelines have been issued in this regard and we will mandate the students to wear masks. Also, social distancing will be given utmost importance at the examination centres."
"The government has begun the process of unlocking and so we have decided to go forward with the practical exams, which otherwise cannot be conducted online," Controller of Examination at Ayush University said, adding "we had conducted online classes for the students for as far as possible."
"Students have also been provided with the option to change their examination centre, according to their own convenience," Satish Vats said.
On being asked about the risk of travelling, Satish Vats said, "the authorities will try to adjust next year, the fee of those students who fill in their exam forms and are still unable to appear for the examinations."
"Practicals that have been scheduled by the university cannot be conducted online. We can consider online practical exams for only the 1st year students," Satish Vats said.
Meanwhile, here's what the students at Ayush University in Haryana demand
We are not demanding much more from @moayush and skau, hry... Wht we want for now is postponement of exams which are going to held on 17 aug. Corona is increasing day by day.. We don't want to put our lives and our families lives in danger.. #StudentsLivesMatters— Ankita Sehrawat (@AnkitaSehrawat8) August 5, 2020
Pls Postpone the exam until the situation gets normal and start next year classes .....other universities in haryana has also doing the same....Pls help us mam ...Offline exams this time is life threatening situation and we don't want to die....— Shruti Khetarpal (@KhetarpalShruti) August 5, 2020
अभी तक होने वाले एग्जाम्स का social distancing हम सब देख चुके हैं। सभी विधार्थियो के पास ना अपनी पर्सनल कार है, और ना इस महामारी के दौर में हमें कोई अपना मकान देने के लिए तैयार है। एग्जाम सैंटर को कोरॉना सैंटर बनाया गया है। हमारी सुरक्षा का दावा केवल एक मजाक है!Help students😷— Vatan gill (@Vatangill2) August 5, 2020
Other ayurveda Universities in Haryana like BMU, SGT and BPS Khanpur provisionally promoted BAMS students and started online classes for next session then why @AyushSkau is so amadant to hold exams!— स chin यादव 🖤 (@the_witty_dr) August 5, 2020
Same state same students then why such type of discrimination.
Postpone exams untill this pandamic will over and start online classes of next prof.— Parul Rohilla (@ParulRohilla6) August 5, 2020
Want to postponed the exams occurring on 17-18 August today we have gone to adc and ex mla and registrar for our problem please help us and wrote this letter to cm @mlkhattar pic.twitter.com/p2Sw40fy3I— Pankaj Rathee (@PankajR84836453) August 5, 2020