Pune: Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) will most likely be implementing the proctored examination model for final year students. This will make it possible for students to take exams in a safe environment at home. Proctored exam model was used during the entrance examination recently conducted by the university. Meanwhile, the university has clarified that other options will also be considered before making the final decision.
The Supreme Court on Friday (August 28) gave its verdict in the favour of University Grants Commission (UGC) and directed states, universities and colleges to conduct the final year examination as per the guidelines of UGC. Dr Nitin Karmalkar, Vice-Chancellor of SPPU has welcomed the decision of SC.
After the UGC gave instructions last month to start preparing for conducting final year examinations, SPPU had accordingly made preparations. It was decided to take a multiple-choice exam for final year students. This approval has already been taken in the meeting of Vidya Parishad and Examination Board.
Dr Karmalkar said, "Pune University has already decided what the formula of the examination should be. There is no need to make a separate resolution for it now. It will be decided only what medium should be used for conducting this examination. We have lost about four to five months, and now taking into consideration the mentality of the students, we will give them one and a half months more to study for the exam."
The University of Pune had used the 'Proctored' model for entrance examinations conducted for degree courses. It was attempted by about thirteen hundred students with no major problems. Similarly, examinations for postgraduate courses will be conducted, for which about 31,000 applications have been received.
Dr Bhushan Patwardhan, Vice President of UGC said, "I welcome the decision of the Supreme Court. We will study this decision and its implementation will be determined keeping in view the health, safety and educational aspects of the students. The colleges will be instructed accordingly."
Dr Nitin Karmalkar, Vice-Chancellor of SPPU said, "The examination will be conducted as per the decision of the Supreme Court. Since a long time has passed since March, students will be given time to study. The university has successfully conducted the entrance exams online using the proctored method. This option will be considered for the final year examinations."