Madhya Pradesh: The MP government has now decided to to conduct Undergraduate and Post-graduation exams in September with a different pattern. The COVID-19 difficult times have ended up in several desperate measures regarding rearrangement of academic curriculum along with cancellation of exams.
With a view to avoid unconventional graduation with serious downsides, the Madhya Pradesh government on Monday decided to hold final-year graduation and fourth semester post-graduation examinations through 'open book system' in September. Also in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the students are to be allowed for writing papers at their homes.
Under this open book mode of examination, students, while sitting at home, can refer to books or notes to write answers to questions.
The decision will ensure that as many 5.71 lakh students are able to write their final-year graduation and post-graduation fourth semester examinations from safety of their homes, thereby minimising the risk of infection, a Madhya Pradesh government official said. Also he informed that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan took this decision at the hospital where he is recovering from the COVID-19 infection.
For the exam, students will be given login IDs. After writing their examination at home, students have to submit their answer-sheets at collection centres which will be set up across the state in large numbers, he added.
Besides this, students can also submit their answer-sheets by post or emails. The results of these examinations, which will comprise 50 per cent weightage marks of previous years, will be announced in October according to the official.
Madhya Pradesh has recorded a rapid rise in coronavirus cases in the last few days due to which final examinations for the last academic year (2019-20) could not be conducted. As of Monday, 789 new coronavirus cases were reported, taking the statewide tally to 28,589, while the death toll stood at 820.
Earlier, the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Shivraj Singh Chouhan, informed the conduction of the final year exams of university students in the State in September, and the result release in October, according to the revised guidelines published by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Also then, The Chief Minister’s Office said that the undergraduate first and second year students and postgraduate second semester students will be admitted based on the results of the previous year or semester examination in the upcoming year or semester based on the internal assessment of the current year or semester.