After the Supreme Court of India ruled that examination is mandatory for the final/terminal year students, all the universities and colleges are now gearing up to conduct the examinations. Pertaining to the orders, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) will start mapping its final year students whether they have the proper means for undertaking the exam via an online survey.
Educational institutions have a choice of conducting the examinations via online, offline, or blended mode. But it must make sure that none of the students are at a disadvantage. Also, special provisions must be incorporated for differently-abled students. The Supreme Court further delineated that a second chance must be provided to the students in case of online examinations, who could not write the exam due to requisite means’ unavailability.
What did the SPPU Official Say?
In a meeting conducted on Friday, i.e., 4 September 2020, The Board of Examinations put forth specific essential points to be taken into consideration. “The online examination may not be in proctored format. All these examinations, whether online or offline, will be of multiple-choice questions or MCQ format. If there are students, who are unable to appear for any forms of examinations in the prescribed format or dates, the university plans to conduct an examination again in December/January.”, said Mahesh Kakade, director of the Board of Examination and Evaluation at SPPU.
SPPU Tentative Schedule
According to the latest schedule released by SPPU, the dates worth noting are as follows:
- 15 September 2020 Onwards: Practical Examination
- 1 to 9 October 2020: Backlog Examination
- 10 to 22 October 2020: Regular Examination
Kakade further mentioned that the authorities hope that at least 50% of the students, especially the professional degree course students, will opt for online exams. Since the entire exam will be in the form of MCQs, candidates need to have a proper internet connection.
About Other Universities
Following the Supreme Court’s order, many universities in West Bengal like Calcutta University, Presidency University, North Bengal University, etc. are gearing up for the examination. Most probably, an Open Book Examination (OBE) format will be followed by most universities.
Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is also planning on conducting an OBE for the terminal year students. Simultaneously, the University of Delhi has released the notification for the second round of OBE for the students who were unable to upload the answer sheets for the first round.
In any case whatsoever, the universities will have to provide another chance for the students who couldn’t write the examination in an online mode when the situation gets better and conducive.