As the Covid cases have shown rapid growth in various parts of Assam, especially in Guwahati city. This has forced many educational institutes to shift again to online mode for regular classes. Institutes such as Cotton University or Dibrugarh University in Assam have shifted the examination dates. The academic system is also shifted fully in online mode. The classes that were to be started from 17th of January in offline mode after the Bihu Break, will now be in online mode till 31st January, 2021.
Along with the mid-semester examinations, which were to be conducted in the last week of January for postgraduate students, Cotton University has also shifted the final semester examinations. The examinations for the 5th-semester students of undergraduate courses were scheduled from 24th January which has now been delayed till 1st of February. This will surely affect students with the completion of the course and also break their flow with the academic curriculum.
Covid cases scenario
The Covid cases in Assam have seen a huge increment in the last few weeks. And Guwahati city is one of the most affected among all covid hotspots in Assam. There are nearly 1500 daily cases with a positivity rate of more than 2%. This was the threshold maintained by the Chief Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma, beyond which institutes would be regulated by the government. “Assam on Tuesday reported 8,072 new Covid cases, the highest single-day spike since the onset of the pandemic, pushing the tally to 6,61,789”, Health Minister Keshab Mahanta said this week.
However, there are still many educational institutions in Guwahati operating with the offline mode of study; that may lead to a scarious situation in the coming days. Reportedly Gauhati University has already begun to be the next Covid hotspot. And so, this precautionary step from Cotton University is welcomed by a wide range of students around. Though a few were seen to be unhappy with the decision from authorities of Cotton University, as it came a bit early; before any reported high number of covid cases.
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