VADODARA: M S University has decided to conduct terminal exams online this year. It has become Gujarat’s first publicly funded university to take such a decision.

Also, the exams will be multiple choice questions (MCQ) based, of nearly two hours duration and the university will develop its own portal to conduct the exams.

Last month, the members had already decided that the university will conduct exams of only final semester students of bachelors courses and all students of masters programmes.

A total of 17,666 students, currently enrolled in final semesters of bachelors degrees and students of masters degrees are supposed to appear for the exams.

“We were already going to conduct online exams for foreign students and students from outside Gujarat. Parents of students from outside Vadodara had requested us to explore ways through which we can reduce the chances of infection of their wards, who are not based in Vadodara,” said MSU’s in-charge registrar K M Chudasama. “By appearing for exams online, students will not face risk of getting infected while travelling to Vadodara or while appearing at the exam centres,” he said.

“We will be informing students in advance about the schedule of the exams. If for any reason, they face technical issues like power-cut or loss of connectivity, they will be compensated with additional time,” he said.

While the exam season will start around July 20, those students, who for any reason, could not appear in their exam, would be given another chance to appear in online exams.

“Those students who still will not be able to appear for the online exams can appear for the exams that will be held on the campus in October. Those students who appear for online exams can also appear for the exams to be held in October, to improve their score,” Chudasama said. Apart from safety of students and its staff, one reason behind the decision is also the fact that the publicly funded university is facing lot of infrastructure lacunae.

Conducting exams on the campus would have meant holding them in three shifts in a day, sanitizing each of the hundreds of classrooms before and after each shift, conducting thermal scanning of each and every student, ensuring that each of them wears mask at the campus.

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