Students of intermediate semesters to get promoted based on performance of previous semesters; offline exams for final semester students
Guwahati: Amidst the pandemic, Gauhati University decides on the standard operating procedure (SOP) for conducting examinations for its different affiliated colleges/institutes.
According to the SOP, students of intermediate semesters will be promoted based on internal assessment marks and theory marks in the earlier semesters subject to the fact that they have submitted their examination forms online.
The SOP also states that examinations will be conducted for final semesters in a "blended mode" maintaining COVID-19 protocol and following the relevant SOP published by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for conducting offline exams.
As per the blended mode, 50% of assessment would be done through offline examination, and the remaining 50% marks will be calculated based on internal assessment. Though the offline examination will cover the whole syllabus, students would only need to attempt questions of 50% marks only.
For evaluation of dissertations in the Master's program of the university, academic heads of respective departments have been asked to decide on the mode of action in consultation with the controller of examination of Gauhati University.
GU Students' Union vice president Lakhyajit Das, reacting to the notification, told EastMojo, "The process of evaluation should not be based on the earlier semesters but only on the basis on the current semester as online classes are going on and we all have submitted assignments and projects for assessment as directed by the University management. Evaluation based on the performance of the current semester would be fair to students."
The decision comes at the backdrop of state education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma's announcement of setting up a task force to discuss on the issue of reopening of educational institutes from September 1 in the state.