SUST to hold term test exams

Semester final likely through online also

kh Mehzabin Chitra, SUST Correspondent 

Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) authorities will hold the ‘term test’ examinations through helpful approach.

All course teachers of different departments of the university have been instructed to complete the ‘term test’ examinations by giving assignment to the students, taking viva and holding examinations with short questions, Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed, Vice Chancellor, SUST told university correspondents. Apart from the course teachers, deans of different faculties and chiefs of discipline have also been asked to oversee the overall process to hold the term test examinations in proper and systematic way.

 And everything will be done through online due to this coronavirus crisis that may also threaten to sweep the country ahead the winter.

Professor Farid Uddin said the course teachers have also been given full freedom that how and in what way the examination can be taken in a proper way.

When asked about how and in what way the semester final examinations will be held, the VC said they have continued holding talks to the ministry of posts, telecommunications and information technology and vice-chancellors of other public universities in this regard.

“No decision has taken in this regard yet. However, if the Covid-19 pandemic situation is not improved quickly, we are also thinking to hold the semester final examinations through online,” he added.

“The SUST is always student friendly institution. And it has attached the highest importance on its students. The students have also been asked to communicate with their respective course teachers in order to hold the ‘term test’ in a helpful approach,” SUST VC said.

The course teachers and students have also been asked to follow the excellent system.

“We are very cautious to hold the ‘term test’ in a systematic way so that no student will be deprived of examinations. Besides, the SUST authorities also asked the course teachers to be more careful about the students those who failed to attend the online classes due to various complications including disruption of internet connection,”   Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed said.

Some 30 percent students mostly living in remote rural area are failing to attend the virtual classes due to want of smart cell phones, poor internet connection and price hike of mobile data. 

Replying to a query he said as the university authority is determined to make the institution free from session jam, it is coming up with various measures so that students would not suffer session jam if the coronavirus pandemic persists for unusually long time.

“The SUST is the first public university that has been conducting classes since April 4 in a bid to continue the academic activities. We are trying to ensure cent percent presence of students in the online classes,” the SUST VC added.

Insolvent students of the university have already given smart cell phones to attend the virtual classes during this coronavirus crisis.

Replying to a query, he said the university authorities always remain stand by the students.  

 “The students who didn’t get internet pack from the university, have been asked to apply through register to avail the data,” he added.

He said the threat of session jam is certainly looming large in all public universities but SUST would not have to face such difficulties.

"Besides, we are also working with all the stakeholders to continue our academic activities but also considering various aspects. Our deans of different faculties, chairmen and teachers of different departments are coordinating to chalk out plans in order continue the classes and examina2tiosn,” he said.

Replying to a query he said, when the university will be reopened, the conditions including maintaining health guidelines, hygiene, and physical will be imposed on both teachers and students.