A substantial number of students in some of the engineering colleges in the state are being found positive for COVID-19 infection, just as the Goa University has issued a circular for the ongoing semesters applicable to the under-graduation programmes offered in its affiliated colleges.
The circular is addressed to the director of technical education and director of higher education, implying that colleges in the state running professional and non-professional under-graduation programmes are covered by it.
The GU circular states that theory classes for all such programmes are to be conducted only in the online mode during the month of April 2021. “Practical for the final year students are only to be continued in the offline mode,” it adds.
“For the final year students, one Intra Semester Assessment (ISA)/ IT is to be compulsorily conducted in the offline mode. The other ISA/s /IT/s is/are to be conducted in the online mode. The best out of the two ISAs/ ITs conducted in the online mode is to be considered wherever applicable,” the circular signed by the officiating registrar, M Shreedhara maintains, pointing out, “The ISAs/ ITs for the continuing students are to be conducted in online mode.”
“The Semester End Examination (SEE) for the semesters other than the final year are to be conducted in the online mode,” the circular directs, adding that the mode of conduct of the SEE for the final year students would be communicated in the month of May 2021 after reviewing the situation of COVID-19 pandemic in the state. “The last date for submission of project/ dissertation by the third year students of general education programmes is May 15, 2021; the assessment/ viva-voce for the project dissertation shall be conducted in the online mode,” it notes.
The GU circular dated April 7 further states that specific exemptions granted for certain programmes for the conduct of theory/ practical shall be granted/ provided with the approval of the university.
It is also learnt that the university is keeping a strict watch over the second wave of Corona pandemic as experienced by the state, and could take further decisions in the near future depending on the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state.