Undergraduate students who are appearing for their final semester examinations are having a harrowing, yet unnecessary, time queuing up at post offices to mail their answer papers to the relevant educational authorities.
However, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) Controller of Examinations, D Chaudhary, said that there is no deadline for students to mail in the hard copies of their answer sheets, as these are for reference purposes only and they will be graded based on the answer paper softcopies that they send to the university via an app.
For the second day long lines of students were queuing at the General Post Office to mail their hardcopies. The long lines mean that there is little chance of social distancing being maintained despite the risk of Covid-19.
The post office has even had to extend their timing for registered post until 4pm to accommodate the numbers of students.
“Evaluation of the papers will be done on the basis of the one sent online,” Chaudhary said, adding that there is no deadline for the hardcopies, which NEHU needs on hand in case there is a need for re-evaluation or in replying to an RTI.
Chaudhury also informed that the students have to send the answer scripts to their respective colleges and the latter will submit them to the university.
There are around 20,000 students appearing for the undergraduate examinations.