Hyderabad: Students of State universities have got some relief in the times of the Covid-19 pandemic. Except for final semester students in the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the theory examinations will not be held for intermediate semester students. The exams for final year students are being conducted from June 20 as they later appear for various entrance examinations or move abroad for further studies.
Students of intermediate semesters will be promoted to the next semester irrespective of their earlier backlog papers. However, they must pass and secure required credits in the examinations whenever they are conducted by the universities.
This decision taken by the authorities has cleared the air on the conduct of the theory examination by universities. As only exams for the final semester are being planned, it would make the job of authorities easy in maintaining physical distance in the exam centres and as well in the hostels.
“If exams are conducted for all students, there will be a problem in accommodating students in the centres and as well in hostels of the universities. So, final semester exams are being planned from June 20 and we have not decided exam dates for students of intermediate semesters. They may be conducted after reopening of colleges or in November/December along with main semester examinations,” says Prof. T Papi Reddy, chairman, Telangana State Council of Higher Education.
In case of conventional undergraduate programmes, exams will be held in two sessions i.e. BCom in one session and BA and BSc in another session. The conduct of practical exams for conventional courses have been left to colleges concerned while principals were authorized to appoint examiners, both internal and external.
The upcoming final semester exams will be conducted for two hours instead of regular three hours. As the duration is reduced, the question papers are being accordingly modified without comprising on the standards yet covering the entire syllabus. This apart, to compensate for reduced exam time, students will have more choice in the question papers.
In order to reduce physical contact, the seminars, project and PhD Viva-Voce are being planned online as per the University Grants Commission guidelines.
“We are taking utmost care in the conduct of exams. To maintain physical distancing, there will be gap between benches. Students must wear face masks and also have to carry sanitizers. As exams are planned in two sessions, adequate sanitizing will be done,” Reddy says.
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