Students are in a state of fix. “When will UGC issue new guidelines”, this is the biggest question in every students’ mind.
Social Media carries multiple questions regarding the current status of examination. Many state boards have decided not to conduct exams this year, due to the pandemic situation in the country. However, a large group of students is uncertain about their exams’ conduction as UGC has not disclosed an official statement in this context.
Students need a clarified answer over the execution of exams. Seeing the tension amongst the students, and Human Resource Minister, Ramesh Kumar Pokhriyal, has directed UGC to ” revisit” its guidelines. Under these fresh guidelines, the authority needs to mention criteria on exam conduction or termination and the academic calendar, keeping the coronavirus situation in mind.
An updated version of UGC will be released in the coming two days, sources informed. This will end the wait for lakhs of students, who are tensed about their exams. Back in April, the higher education controller had issued a pack of guidelines that said fresh admissions were to be finished in August and classes planned to begin in September. The guidelines allowed universities to choose their methods of examinations.
What stated under the earlier guidelines?
Publishing the guidelines in April-end, the UGC enabled universities to conduct semester exams in July either online or offline depending upon the feasibility and the COVID-19 situation. It also consulted the varsities to reduce the exam duration from three hours to two hours.
The commission had said the exams for final semester pupils will be conducted in July. It proposed that intermediate semester students may either be examined on the basis of internal assessment or in states where the COVID-19 situation has normalized.
The UGC asked the institutes to take a call whether to conduct exams online or offline keeping in view the support system available with them and ensuring fair chance to all learners.
It had also said that in case the situation does not seem to be proper in view of COVID-19, the safety and health of students be prioritized and their grading could be composite of 50 percent marks on the basis of internal evaluation and the persisting 50 percent marks can be given on the basis of performance in the prior semester.
The problem whether the previous semester or last year marks are not available, mainly in the first year of annual pattern of examinations, 100 percent evaluation may be done on the basis of inner assessments. The internal evaluation can be consecutive evaluation, prelims, mid-semester, internal evaluation, or whatever name is given for student succession.
The UGC had said if the student wants to improve the grades, he or she may come up in special exams for such subjects during the next semester.
Students against OBE.
No sooner did the mock test appeared on the official website of DU than the students analyzed it as a flop show. A number of technical glitches with other related errors concluded the much-awaited mock test for final year examination. Also, India Wide Parents Association wrote to the HRD Minister in order to scrape DU OBE because of multiple errors.