Jamshedpur, Sept. 29: Students of various colleges under Kolhan University participated in the PG fourth semester and B.Ed last semester examinations that kick started on Tuesday. The exams that started today will continue till October 9. The exams were conducted in two shifts first from 10 am to 12 noon and second from 2 pm to 4 pm.
On day one candidates were seen entering examination centres following social distancing norms. Students were in the queue before entering the exam centre. The temperatures of candidates were examined at the entry gates itself.
““Due to the lockdown enforced to curb the spread of coronavirus, colleges were closed down in March. But we do not want to take risks with the future of the students. So exams have started as per the schedule. We have asked all the colleges to ensure safety measures,” said an official of the university. He said that even staff of colleges have also undergone COVID-19 tests before the exams.
Meanwhile, a B.Ed student said that despite all the guidelines he is still in fear of catching the virus. “ We are happy that the university is taking exams but fear of catching virus is also looming large over the students,” he noted.
The entire examination area and its surroundings were sanitised before each shift. Desks, and chairs were also sanitized. As per Kolhan University guidelines students are made to sit in a gap of two seats. Hand sanitizer was kept for students and staff outside the examination center (entry point) and at many places inside. No one was allowed to leave the exam room before the exam got over. The university has also issued the standard operating procedure (SOP) to conduct the examination amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
The Kolhan University was established on August 13, 2009 with 14 Constituent Colleges and 14 Affiliated Colleges in geographical jurisdiction of East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Seraikela Kharswan District with more than 80,000 students strength. The university is in the tribal region.
Apart from conventional courses in UG and PG level including medical/ dental/ engineering/ law/ management/ education following vocational courses are running under the university.