Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Belur, will hold the end-semester exams on campus in February over a longer duration because the examinees have been split into groups to avoid crowding as a precaution against Covid.
“We have fixed the schedule tentatively, considering that we don't know what the situation will be in February,” said Swami Ekachittananda, principal of the college.
“The tests will be held over a period of two months – February and March. Since all students will not write the exams at the same time because of the pandemic, the tests are going to be held over a longer duration.”
A teacher of the college said that under normal circumstances, end-semester exams are held for three weeks.
According to the tentative schedule, the practical exams will be over by February.
The theory papers for the undergraduate and postgraduate students of the third semester will be held together and will start in the second week of February.
Following the completion of the exams on February 17, the theory papers for the undergraduate fifth semester and the undergraduate first semester will start on February 24. The exams will end on March 7.
The theory papers of postgraduate first semester and the remaining papers of postgraduate third semester will start on March 14 and continue till March 26.
Vice-principal Swami Mahaprajnananda said they would meet at the end of December to review the situation and take a look at the exam schedule. “If the situation warrants, the schedule can be tweaked,” he said.
Vidyamandira has called students of the outgoing batch at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, studying lab-based subjects, and those in the undergraduate second year and postgraduate first year back to the campus after the Bengal government allowed resumption of on-campus classes from November 16.
Some of the other students, too, have come to the campus citing constraints at home.