On Wednesday, the University Grants Commission has published a comprehensive set of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). It carries all the safety measures which is to be followed by all the educational institutions while conducting exams.
The students with symptoms of coronavirus like fever, cough, and cold should be given another day to appear in the exams. Or at least made to sit in a separate room to write the papers.
UGC has directed the varsity to conduct last years’ examination by the end of September. The body also mandated to have two meters gap between the students should be made. Also, the invigilators need to wear masks and gloves as a compulsive order.
In a letter to all 40 central universities sent out on Wednesday, the UGC said that the Human Resources Development ministry had developed the SOP, and it has been vetted by the Health ministry.
The SOP elucidated that in areas where the activity is restricted such as in containment zones, students’ admit cards or student identity cards could double as travel passes. States should issue certain instructions to confirm that invigilators are issued passes.
Exam functionaries would have to provide a self-declaration form about their health status and thermo-gun checks should be made accessible at all entrances.
There should be indications on social distancing at exam centers, and the SOP proposed that everyone involved in the exam process use the Aarogya Setu app on their cell phones.
The floors, gates, staircases, elevators, and even the walls need to be contaminated. And, the sanitizers should be placed at the entrance gates and also in the other places of the examination place. The crowd must be presented at the entrance and exit areas.
The seating chairs and desks needed to be sanitized from time to time. The SOP also has advised a seating plan for the examination. According to the seating plan, every alternate seat will be kept vacant.
Following these points, the authority should have an exact record of students and teachers, in case needed in the future.
The New Guidelines
As per the announcement, the final year exams can be administered by the universities or institutions in pen-paper based mode, online or a mixed-mode as per the feasibility of the exam governing body.
Students with backlogs, as per the updated Guidelines, should “compulsorily” take the examinations. In case, a student is unfit to appear the examination in September, should be provided with the relief to appear in “special exams” held for the purpose as a one time model.