As Universities are considering conducting the semester examinations through online mode amid the coronavirus outbreak, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has advised them to either prepare the result on the basis of internal assessments or to reduce the exam duration from three to two hours. Several universities have expressed repulsion towards results based on internal assessments. The Vice chancellor of Bangalore University, Venugopal KR, said that “such assessment will not be fair on students as one cannot predict one’s potential based on previous performances.”
He said that “if the situation permits, the exams will be conducted in normal mode and several exam centres will be created across the city so that small batches of students can appear for tests in shifts. If the situation does not normalise, then the university will opt for online examination with virtual supervision.” He also added that, “University might also introduce multiple-choice questions (MCQ) pattern for easy conduction and evaluation of answer sheets.”
The Central University of Gujarat (CUG) will tentatively conduct the semester exams in July using the similar methods they have been using to conduct the science practical sessions.