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Online University Exams a ‘Remote Possibility’ as UGC Authorities Highlight Major Concerns

Apr 15 2020 1:36PM

Most central universities have had to delay their final exams, which usually take place in March and April, because of the restrictions brought in to curb the spread of the fatal novel coronavirus.

The UGC last week had formed a seven-member committee, headed by Haryana University vice-chancellor R.C. Kuhad, to look into higher education matters such as exams and continuing the academic session. This committee also seems to be against the idea of conducting online exams, as it feels India does not have the required facility for it.

The committee, which is supposed to submit its report to the government by 13 April, is yet ready to do so. But sources aware of the developments said the committee is not in favor of online exams, a thought echoed by officials in the UGC as well. Instead, discussions are going on to delay exams until whenever colleges and universities can re-open.

UGC Officials Surface Concerns

A senior UGC official explained the problem of conducting online exams in India.

“Online examinations in universities seem a remote possibility because of the lack of a proper mechanism of conducting exams through online mode. Also, there are several students who are in rural areas or areas that do not have proper access to facilities. How will such students be able to write exams?” the official stated.

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