In a meeting on Friday, the Examination Board made some suggestions, including offline exams on OMR (Optical Mark Reader) sheets, which are expected to be available from October 15 for students who cannot show up for online exams.
“The online exam may not be in an attended format. All of these exams, whether online or offline, are conducted in a multiple choice question format. If there are students who are unable to attend exams in the prescribed format or on the prescribed dates, the university plans to take another exam in December / January, ”said Mahesh Kakade, director of the SPPU’s Examination Board. Special arrangements are made for disabled students. According to the regulations, they will be given an additional 20 minutes, Kakade added.
The preliminary schedule stipulates that the practical exams will take place from September 15, the residue checks between October 1 and 9, and the regular exams between October 10 and 22. “However, these dates are not final. We expect at least 50% of students, especially all professional course participants, to choose to take online exams. We are aware of the challenges of an online exam and therefore also offer the opportunity to take written exams. These will be conducted in multiple sessions at a college closest to the student in Pune, Nashik and Ahmednagar districts, ”said Kakade.
The SPPU official said MSCIT centers could be used when students in remote areas such as Vidarbha and Marathwada do not have online exam equipment. “There are 5,800 MSCIT centers nationwide that can be used in multiple sessions for the exam. Our goal is to pull the students away from their homes as little as possible. If they don’t have online facilities and are not close to the exam centers, a third option is also being considered to take a pen and paper exam in December / January, ”said Kakade.
He admitted that there has been a great deal of opposition to exams from students, but universities are required by law to obey orders from the Supreme Court (SC). “We know there will be huge challenges, but our goal is to run the tests as smoothly as possible. We appeal to all stakeholders and especially to the students to help us with this. An hour of testing can use over 600MB of data, and we know that even in a city like Pune, connectivity can be flawed when moving from Baner to Bavdhan. Therefore, students need to provide honest information on the link we will upload so that we can get a realistic picture of their circumstances and conduct exams accordingly, ”said Kakade.