All GU students to get online exam choice

In wake of fresh guidelines by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for educational institutes to remain closed till August 31, Gujarat University (GU) is considering offering the option of online MCQ-based exams to all 70,000-odd students in its various final-year courses. Earlier, this option was given only to outstation students.

GU is scheduled to begin its penand-paper format exams from August 21. In a meeting held on Friday, officials of the examination department of GU decided to open the online examination option to all final-year students of various courses. The decision was taken keeping in mind students’ comfort and safety in mind, said officials at GU. They said that earlier the option of online exam was supposed to be given to those outside Ahmedabad, which included students from other districts of the state, other states of the country as well as overseas students, as the state education department had asked varsities to restrict movement.

The announcement regarding this decision is likely to be made by early next week. GU vice-chancellor Himanshu Pandya did not respond to Mirror’s call. When contacted, GU Examination Controller Kalpen Vora said the option to select online exam will be left open to all students by early next week and they had started working out details for the same.

Students who have already registered for offline exam centres will also be able to opt for online exams. The exam is planned in MCQ format. It will help those affected by Covid-19

Kalpen Vora, GU Examination Controller

“Students who have already registered for offline exam centres will also be able to opt for online exams. The exam is planned in MCQ format. The online exam format will also help those affected by Covid-19,” he said.

Just a fortnight ago, students had raised concerns regarding ambiguity over conducting exams. Members of Youth Congress on Friday also made a representation to GU authorities seeking postponement of exams.

They argued that if Gujarat government’s education department had on Friday declared work from home for teaching and non-teaching staff following MHA guidelines, it was not fair on part of the education department and GU to hold exams from August 21.

“Considering students’ safety, we had made a representation for postponement of the exam. What is worse is that the education department has not even brought any clarity,” said Parthiv Raj Kathwadia of ANSUI.

Despite guidelines, GU mandates Aarogya Setu

The Centre has stated that Aarogya Setu app is not mandatory. However, GU has asked its employees coming to the campus to mandatorily download it. This was mentioned in the SoP released on Friday. Around half a dozen cases of Covid-19 have been reported from the GU campus so far. “GU’s health department issued the SoP. It is made mandatory to keep a check on cases nearby and remain alert and safe. We will however ensure that it is not made mandatory,” said registrar Piyush Patel.

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