After the Bharathiar University (BU) announced that as per the direction of the higher education department, theory exams for final semester students of undergraduate and postgraduate courses will be held online from September 21 to 30, arts and science colleges affiliated to the university are gearing up to conduct the exams.
A mock test will be conducted on Wednesday to prepare students for the online exams. Autonomous colleges have the liberty of holding the exams as per their schedule, but within September 30.
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B L Shivakumar, principal of Sri Ramakrishna College of Arts and Science, an autonomous college, said they have decided to hold the exams from September 16 to 30. “We have already conducted model exams online, so students are familiar with it. We plan to conduct exams for 400 students per day. There will be one invigilator for 16 students, who will be connected through Google Classroom. This will prevent malpractices,” he said. “After the exams, students have to scan and convert their scripts into a PDF file, with their register number on all pages, and send it to the college.”
The Coimbatore Government Arts College, another autonomous college, will hold the exams for both UG and PG final semester students from September 19 to 30, said principal K Chitra. “Many of our students are from remote areas who have no access to internet. We will send them question papers on WhatsApp and they can send back the answer sheets in PDF format to staff members. The scripts will be included in a CD and evaluated,” she said. “Every 15 students will have an invigilator. Invigilators, HoDs, department faculty, faculty from the computer science department and programmers will be present at the college’s computer lab, from where invigilation will be done.”
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According to BU, exams will be held from 10am to 1pm. They will be descriptive. Students should write on A4 white papers on one side. Candidates should log into the portal half-an-hour before the exam begins. Question papers can be downloaded at 9.45am.
Students staying in remote areas can write the online exam at the college if they want to, Bharathiar University vice-chancellor P Kaliraj said. “But they should follow the Covid-19 standard operating procedures. In case a student can’t undertake the exam, we will conduct a supplementary exam by October-end,” he said.
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