School, colleges shut till December 22 in Assam
Schools, colleges and other educational institutions in 11 districts in Assam will remain closed till December 22 because of the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.
Schools in Kamrup, Kamrup (metro), Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Hojai, Jorhat, Golaghat and Tinsukia will remain shut.
Curfew was imposed in the city since Thursday to bring the situation under control.
A teacher of a leading private school said they had to put off their exams scheduled to be held on Saturday. “We will hold the postponed exams on December 23,” she added.
A class VIII student, Karishma Das, said: “We don’t support the citizenship act but we don’t want to lose an academic year either. The government should bring the situation under control.”
Cotton University on Friday postponed all the examinations, scheduled to be held this week, owing to the protests by various organisations and students against the citizenship act which received President Ram Nath Kovind’s assent on Thursday night.
“Due to unavoidable circumstances, the undergraduate first and third semesters, postgraduate first and third semesters, MCA first, third and fifth semesters and higher secondary second year pre-final examinations have been postponed till January next year. It is also informed that the revised schedule will be notified in due course,” a Cotton University source said.
“The university gave us study materials to prepare for the exams but it is impossible to study when the atmosphere is chaotic. We also don’t have access to the Internet. We are dejected as the bill turned into an act,” said Bijoylakhsmi Bora, a postgraduate first year student of Gauhati University.
Gauhati University, Cotton University and Dibrugarh University on Wednesday postponed all their examinations, scheduled to be held till December 16, owing to the protests by various organisations and students. While exams of Gauhati University and its colleges and Cotton University have been postponed till December 16, the Dibrugarh University authority put off theirs till Saturday.