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Introduce MCQ pattern, reduce exam hours, UGC


NEW DELHI: While the University Grants Commission (UGC) has advised universities and colleges to mark students based on internal assessments or reduce exam duration from three to two hours, universities are reflecting on taking of online exams amid the coronavirus outbreak. Several universities have also expressed their aversion to results based on internal evaluations. Venugopal KR, VC, University of Bangalore, such an assessment will not be fair to the students as the potential of one cannot be predicted based on previous performances.

“If the situation allows, we will conduct exams in normal mode, where we will create multiple exam centers throughout the city and allow small batches of students to appear in turn,” he said. However, if the situation is not normalized, the university will resort to the online exam with virtual supervision. “We could also present a multiple choice question pattern (MCQ) to facilitate the conduct and evaluation of the answer sheets,” he added.

The Central University of Gujarat (CUG) will tentatively hold the semester exams in July. The university has conducted hands-on science sessions using online stimulated experiments and would use similar test methods.

Times of India