Pune University mulls breaking traditional examination format

Pranita Roy
Friday, 3 April 2020

“For first-year students, it will be easier, because we started the choice based credit system in this ongoing academic year. Therefore, it includes, 60 per cent component of internal evaluation,” he said.

Pune: Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) is mulling upon alternative ways to conduct examinations for students at university and its affiliated colleges. Due to 21 days nation-wide lockdown, the university has cancelled all the exams till April 14.

On March 27, SPPU’s Board of Examination and Evaluation had issued a notification stating that all the exams which were to be held till April 14 have been postponed till further orders. A new schedule will be released when the university resumes work. In another circular, the university also declared interim vacation for students, faculty members and staff from April 1 to14.

Due to the present unprecedented situation, the university has been considering making changes in the format of conducting the examination.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Vice-Chancellor Nitin Karmalkar said, “Given the situation, we won’t be able to conduct the examinations in regular format, we have to bring some innovative ways to conduct it now. We are thinking of ways like maybe assessment and evaluation. The students’ academic performance can be reviewed or by giving some assignments or taking an online examination. But in online examination, the question format will mostly be objective.”

The VC has roped in representatives, including principals and deans from various colleges and institutions to propose innovative methods to conduct the examination.

“Efforts will be made to avoid much delay in taking the examination and declare results on time so that further studies of students who are in final years aren’t hampered. Tentatively we are planning it for the first week of May,” added Karmalkar.

“For first-year students, it will be easier, because we started the choice based credit system in this ongoing academic year. Therefore, it includes, 60 per cent component of internal evaluation,” he said.

However, the VC added that it would be challenging to formulate the format of examination for the science stream as it consists of practicals. 

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