Ending the confusion, universities in the state on Thursday decided to conduct the final year exams online in view of Covid-19. They are to be completed by September 30.
The state higher education department convened a meeting of vice-chancellors, which unanimously agreed to conduct the exams online but left the modalities — type of questions and host platforms — to the universities.
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The universities asked to reduce the duration of the exam from three hours to one hour or one and half hours. “It was decided not to conduct the final semester exams beyond two hours,” an official said. While Anna University plans multiple-choice questions, other universities want to use descriptive- type questions too.
“We will send the questions to the students and ask them to use pen and paper and then upload the answer sheets for evaluation,” a vice-chancellor said. Colleges will be asked to open their facilities for students who are not able to upload their answer scripts. It is not possible to create a question bank for multiple choice based questions at such a short notice, the vice-chancellor said.
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Madras University is yet to decide on the duration of the exam and the platform. “The details will be finalised in the next few days after discussions,” a university official said.
Meanwhile, Anna University announced that it would conduct final-semester exams for undergraduate and postgraduate students online from September 22 to 29.
“The students can appear for the examination from their home using devices such as laptops, desktops, smartphones, tablets with internet, camera and microphone facilities. The question paper will be of multiple choice-based,” a circular from the university said. The university also plans to arrange mock tests for students to familiarise them with the online exam pattern.
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