The faculty of the main university campus raised the problem of the skill test and the science group viva, claiming it was not feasible for them to be done hands-on and the science students viva as it would take 3 to 6 hours per student to take the skill test perform.
A senior professor and director of anonymity said, “It takes three to six hours to complete the skill test for science students in the botany, forensics, physics, chemistry, zoology, human genetics, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals departments. Others. It was not possible to practically conduct the chemical experiments in online mode, while physical occurrence is not allowed during the pandemic as it can prove harmful in an increasing number of COVID cases.
Similarly, the university’s distance learning department is faced with the challenge of running the Library Science exam, which protocol provides students with the more expensive “Classifications” or “Collins Classifications” reference books during the exam. “Over 100 students are enrolled in the Library Science course at our university. We will not be able to provide them with the more expensive books for their exams at home, but we are working on these modalities, ”said Prof. Anit Gill, responsible distance learning department at Punjabi University, who raised the topic at the meeting. She told TOI that around 12,500 students were enrolled in over 38 different courses last year, while this year the admissions were in process until September 30th as the last date and so far, despite the pandemic, over 10,000 forms have reached the university.
Punjabi University Examination Director Prof. JS Khattar said, “Viva is conducted according to UGC guidelines. We are working on different modalities and we held a meeting today.”
Prof. Pushpinder Gill suggested in the session that instead of addressing the problems faculty members should find solutions as it would be difficult to mistake everything for the examiner. He said a bank of emails and phones needs to be set up for the students and the faculty should be ready to work more than their working hours. He said there are roughly 73,000 students in BA-III alone in all university campuses and colleges and affiliated colleges.
In particular, Punjabi University has decided to hold the theory exams of the last semester or classes from September 25th of this year, while the practical exams of these classes by school principals or heads at college or department level until September 19th in online mode should be carried out year.
“Many of our students in remote areas don’t have proper internet access or bad networks. I suggest that the questionnaires be uploaded to the university website for a few hours on the day of the exam, from where students can download the paper, ”said another participant at the meeting.