Students to be promoted on continuous internal assessment
Amid coronavirus threat, the University of Kashmir (KU) Wednesday decided to evaluate and promote its students of the current semester on the basis of internal assessment instead of holding semester exams.
The KU official said the decision was taken following the ongoing lockdown in view of the coronavirus threat.
“The students will be promoted to the next semester based on internal assessment in tune with the UGC guidelines,” the KU official said.
He said the Heads of the Departments (HoI) in consultation with their respective Departmental Committees will decide the mode of internal assessment with a transparent and well-defined scale.
Earlier, the University Grants Commission (UGC) issued guidelines to universities and colleges for holding online classes and conducting examinations amid COVID-19 pandemic.
In the guidelines, the UGC said that maintaining the sanctity of academic expectations and integrity of examination process, the universities may adopt alternative and simplified modes and methods of examinations to complete the process in shorter period of time in compliance with CBCS requirements as prescribed by the UGC from time to time.
This includes MCQ and OMR-based examinations, Open Book Examination, Open Choices, assignment, and presentation-based assessments.
“The universities may adopt efficient and innovative modes of examinations by reducing the time from 3 hours to 2 hours assigned to each examination, if need arises but without compromising the quality, so that the process may be completed in multiple shifts and, at the same time, sanctity to evaluate the performance of a student is also maintained,” the UGC guidelines state.
A UGC official said that the universities can conduct terminal or intermediate semester or year examinations in offline or online mode as per their ordinances and regulations - observing the guidelines of social distancing and keeping in view the support system available with them and ensuring fair opportunity to all students.
“Terminal semester or year examinations for PG and UG programmes may be conducted by universities as suggested in the academic calendar keeping in mind the protocols of social distancing,” he said.
The UGC also mentioned that for intermediate semester or year students, the universities may conduct examinations, after making a comprehensive assessment of their level of preparedness, residential status of the students and status of COVID-19 pandemic spread in different regions, state and other factors.
“In case the situation does not appear to be normal in view of COVID-19, in order to maintain social distancing, safety and health of the students, grading of the students could be composite of 50 percent marks on the basis of the pattern of internal evaluation adopted by the universities and the remaining 50 percent marks can be awarded on the basis of performance in previous semester only,” it reads.
The UGC guidelines further state that in the situations where previous semester or previous year marks are not available, particularly in the first year of annual pattern of examinations, 100 percent evaluation may be done on the basis of internal assessments.
“If the student wishes to improve the grades, he or she may appear in special exams for such subjects during next semester,” read the guidelines.
The UGC had further suggested that universities can continue teaching even semester students through online and other non-conventional modes till May 31 and the examinations for terminal semester or year can be held between July 1 and July 15, while the intermediate semester or year exams can be held from July 16 to July 31.
The UGC further said that the deadline for declaration of result is July 31 for terminal semester or year, and August 14 for intermediate semester or year.