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Students protested at Calcutta University (CU) on Friday, citing the difficulty of online exams. Around 200 students protested outside the university's main campus on College Street, arguing that two months of classroom instruction was insufficient to complete a six-month semester's syllabus and hold offline exams. "We barely had two months of classes on campus, yet we were required to produce papers based on the entire syllabus. This is only conceivable if exams are conducted in an open book manner, as they were the previous two years "Arijit Saha, a CU-affiliated Bangabasi College student, said

Similar protests were held twice in the last one week at the varsity's main campus.

Two high-power committees formed by CU have recommended the undergraduate and post-graduate end-semester examinations be held in the offline mode. However, principals of colleges have been asked to give their feedback on the recommendation.

A CU official said that while the faculty is overwhelmingly in favour of offline exams, a section of students, including the students' unions, want the online examination system to continue.

General students, according to Trinamool Chhatra Parishad state president Trinankur Bhattacharya, are demanding online examinations.