During this pandemic where the majority of countries have cancelled the exams for student’s betterment, In India after many ups and downs about relating to the conduction of Exams for final year students. Beyond any doubt, the UGC has decided not to conduct exams of final students of the academic year 2019-2020. There are 7,34,516 students registered for non-professional and 2,8 for non-professional and 2,83,937 students enrolled for professional courses in the Universities.
As per the latest directives, final year students without any excess can opt-out of appearing for the exams. Their results will be computed on the basis of their overall scores obtained during the whole academic period. Such students will have to submit a written undertaking confirming the same. And there is also an option for students who want to appear for the examination will also have to give an undertaking, which would clear them to appear for the exams, whenever it will be held.
In a statement, the state’s Higher Education and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant said that students who have cleared all semesters and wish to opt test will be allowed to do while keeping in mind the local spread of COVID-19. This will be applicable for students who are pursuing courses in either Non-Agricultural, Self-Financed, Deemed or Affiliated colleges recognized under these Universities.
He also said that a similar decision has been made for students of professional course like engineering, pharmacy, hotel management, architecture, etc. while adding that professional bodies will be requested to for approving the government’s order. For ATKT students, a decision will be taken this week after talks with Vice Chancellors of different Universities in the state.
Earlier protests were held across the country demanding the cancellation of all examinations and promotion of students. Along with this student also showed up their protest on social media platforms. For this, the students expressed on Twitter with the hashtag #PromoteStudentsWithoutExams.
There was a survey conducted by the (DUTA) on the online open-book exam. 51,452 students took part in that survey, and 90% of them said that they are not prepaid for any kind of examination yet. 74% of the student is dependent on smartphones and conducting an online open-book examination is not a good option. Some students are still dependent on older 2G services, as per the survey.
Jammu and Kashmir’s students said that they struggled with the unpredictable conditions in the region and it will be not favourable for taking the online exam. About 7% of the student does not use the internet and 80% of the student say that they are able to focus on their studies at home during the lockdown.
Nevertheless, with all major concerns including these, the UGC has declared revocation of final year student exam and yet to have a discussion about the fate of those students who have backlogs from previous semesters. There will be a declaration about the same after consulting Vice-Chancellors of all Universities.
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