Engineering students from various branches at University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) have demanded postponement of the even semester exams scheduled to start June 24 citing lack of time for preparation.
The students have alleged that delay in the announcement of odd semester results, academic schedule and announcement of the exam timetable have left them unprepared to appear for the scheduled exams.
Some second, fourth and sixth semester engineering students met Registrar (Evaluation) R K Somashekhar in the Jnana Bharathi campus on Monday and requested him to postpone the exam to commence from July 8.
“As per the UVCE calendar of events, the semester should have closed June 1, but the semester was extended till June 10. Also, our odd semester results came out as late as June 6, leaving us with little time to wait for revaluation results. The big shocker for us was the announcement of the exam timetable on June 14,” said Nagesh (name changed), a sixth semester civil engineering student.
The UVCE calendar of events notified as far back as January specifies the theory exams to be held from June 24 to July 12. On Monday, in a written undertaking signed by students of all the three even semesters, they have stated that they are okay if the results are delayed following postponement of the scheduled exam.
UVCE principal K R Venugopal sought to dispute their claim that there is little time to prepare. “The practicals exams, scheduled to commence June 10, have been postponed until after the theory exams so that they have time to study. If the theory exams are postponed, the practicals will have to be delayed further,” he said.
Vice-Chancellor B Thimme Gowda has convened a meeting of all UVCE deans and heads of departments today (Tuesday) at 11 am in the Jnana Bharathi campus to sort out this issue.
One More Double Exam?
The agitated students say they are okay if the university decides to conduct the exams as scheduled for the eighth semester students in view of campus placements. The UVCE landed in a soup last year after it conducted two exams for final year information science and engineering students, where the first exam was conducted for a few ‘influential’ students in June and another in July for the remaining students.
“Well, the university will have to take a call on that. We have only asked for postponement of second, fourth and sixth semester exams,” said another sixth semester student.