Even as there is confusion over conducting final year exams, the ministry of human resource and development (MHRD) has issued standard operating procedure (SOP) for the same.
Some of the SOPs include keeping 2 metre distance and keeping one seat vacant between two examinees. A sample seating plan having four columns with a gap of one seat has been suggested. However, with space being a major problem in many colleges, it remains to be seen how colleges would overcome the issue.
In his letter to HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, state education minister Uday Samant has said that it is not possible for Maharashtra to hold exams this year.
As per the guidelines, the higher education institutions (HEIs) have been asked to address various concerns, including implementation of directives regarding safety and health issue by the central and state government departments.
HEIs have also been told to address uncertainty among students regarding modes of teaching, learning, completion of courses, examinations, evaluation, declaration of results, academic calendar, admissions and opening of institutions.
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In addition to ministry of health and family welfare’s (MoHFW) guidelines, personal hygiene and sanitation at institutions are key factors in the SOP.
In case there is a restriction on movements in certain areas, admit cards issued to the students shall be treated as a pass for movement of students. State governments have been advised to instruction all local authorities to issue movement passes to invilgators and all personnel engaged in exam work.
Candidate seating area should be thoroughly sanitized after every session. Students having symptoms of fever, cough and cold should be either made to sit in a separate room or given a chance to appear on another day.
Adequate arrangements of thermal scanners, sanitizers and facemask and hand gloves at all entry and exit points need to be made. Students should be given fresh mask by the invigilators in the examination room itself.
The HEIs also need to have multiple entry and exit points to avoid crowding of examinees. They will also have to carefully dispose of used gloves and masks beside maintaining record of all exam functionaries for future reference and traceability.
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