Karnataka: Students want bigger gap between exams | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Several engineering students in colleges affiliated to Visvesvaraya Technological University have requested the university to redraw the timetable for exams to ensure a bigger interval between papers. The current schedule has only a one-day gap in between most papers.
Students say they need more time to prepare, especially since no proper classes were held for most of the year.
“The subjects are technical and online classes were not the most helpful,” said a student from an engineering college in the city. “We need at least a three day gap between papers.”
Students have also taken to social media demanding a change in the timetable. Another student said, “I have had lateral entry and joined only by January. The exams are in March. We are all scared as we are all not fully prepared to face examinations.”
But the varsity turned down the request, insisting that changes are not possible this year. The varsity said it has been forced to stagger exams over a span of 60 days owing to the pandemic.
“Usually exams are held over 30 to 35 days, but because we have to follow Covid-19 protocols, we need 69 days to complete exams starting with seventh semesters, then fifth and finally third semester exams,” said Karisidappa, VTU vice-chancellor. We had informed students of the exams well in advance — as early as December. We have given one or two days between each exam. We have carefully thought these issues through while planning exam dates.”
The varsity says around 93% students have attended practical classes, but the response to theory classes has not been good.

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