The Hynñiewtrep Youth Council (HYC) has blamed North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) Vice-Chancellor Prof SK Srivastava for the mess in relation to the submission of exam papers, which has resulted in students standing in long queues trying to mail hardcopies of their answer sheets at the post office.
“We condemn term-expired Vice-Chancellor Prof SK Srivastava for this deliberate ploy of turning an online examination into an offline hard copy submission tamasha by violating all Covid guidelines,” HYC NEHU unit President Iarapbhathik N Shangtri said today while demanding the removal of Srivastava.
Srivastava had, last month, received an extension to his term as head of the university.
Shangtri said that Srivastava had failed in following Covid-19 protocols and subjected students to undue harassment within the examination schedule.
After two days of students queuing at post offices, NEHU’s Controller of Examinations said that there was actually no deadline for the hardcopies to be mailed to the university. The students will be marked based on the answer sheets they provided online, with the hardcopies only acting as a physical record.
“Accepting moral responsibility, Srivastava should resign. If he does not, he should be removed by authorities concerned,” the HYC said, with Shangtri claiming that Srivastava and the Pro Vice-Chancellor are “hiding” behind the Controller of Examinations, D Chaudhary. He also called for an investigation under the Epidemic Act to fix responsibility for who is to be blamed for the fiasco.
“Who took such a decision? What the roles of the VC and PVC in taking such an action needs to be investigated to establish accountability,” he said.