The Saurashtra University is contemplating awarding 5-10 more marks in internal assessment to students who have taken both doses of the vaccines against COVID-19. The varsity is going to discuss this idea in its syndicate meeting scheduled later this month.
One of the prime reasons behind the idea is to combat vaccine hesitancy in rural areas. Notably, 70 per cent of the 230 colleges affiliated with the varsity are in rural areas, except those in Rajkot and Jamnagar. If the plan is approved, it will benefit 2.25 lakh students of the university. Students get 30 internal marks based on regular attendance, sports and extracurricular activities.
Students in rural areas faced network difficulties and therefore, online classes were not mandatory for them, according to the SU vice-chancellor Vijay Desani. He said that the quota of marks could be utilised to award students who have taken both doses of the vaccines.
The university also has plans to motivate students to take the jab and also convince their family members to get them vaccinated against the deadly viral infection. It is also planning to motivate colleges to get their students immunised. It is planning to award the first 11 colleges that achieve complete immunization of 90 per cent of students.
Vaccination drive in Gujarat
The Gujarat government is executing the vaccination drive at a rapid rate and is one of the best performing states in the country as far as the pace of immunisation is concerned. Notably, the government of India has already opened vaccination for people in the 18-44 age group from May 1.
According to the data compiled by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, over 1.91 crore doses of the vaccines have been administered in Gujarat. Of it, 1.47 crore are the first dose of the vaccines, whereas 44 lakh are the second dose of the vaccines.
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