The department held a meeting with vice chancellors from state universities on Saturday to discuss conducting final exams online. Sources said the main topics were the duration of the exam and the type of questions.
While many Vice Chancellors suggested objective questions, some wanted both objective and descriptive questions depending on the subject. “State universities may need a question bank to conduct online exams for all subjects. It will take some time to prepare such question banks, so it has been suggested that the question banks be shared between universities,” said an official who attended the meeting .
Vice Chancellors wanted to hold the exams before September 30th. “Schools and colleges can be used when students have problems accessing digital devices or have connectivity issues,” the official added.
Anna University has been preparing for an online exam for two months. Sources said the university was ready to take the exam in the next two weeks. The exam is likely to last an hour and includes objective questions.
Universities are likely to discuss the matter with faculty members and affiliated colleges before making proposals to the College Department.
If the residue checks were rejected, the Vice Chancellors suggested that internal grades and exams from the previous semester should not be weighted. “If weight is given, students who are lagging behind can get higher grades than toppers. To avoid such cases, the vice chancellors suggested just passing these candidates,” said the official.
As soon as it receives proposals, the government will issue common guidelines for online exams.