UGC allows online exams for public varsities

Staff Correspondent

7 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The University Grants Commission (UGC) allowed public universities to hold online examinations amid the coronavirus pandemic with a view to reducing session jams.

The decision to hold the online examinations was taken at a virtual meeting between the UGC and vice-chancellors of all public universities on Thursday.

UGC sources said all the vice-chancellors at the meeting agreed to hold the online examinations after Eid-ul-Fitr.

As per the decision, the universities will have to take approval from their academic councils and the online examinations will be held following a guideline formulated by the UGC.

Earlier, the UGC formed a committee led by its member Prof Dil Afroza Begum to prepare a guideline on how to take online exams. They formulated the guideline which was presented at the meeting.

Prof Dil Afroza Begum said the public universities will hold the online exams but their respective academic council will take decision on how they will hold the exams.

She also said they prepared a guideline regarding the online exam and now it will be sent to the education ministry for approval. The guideline will be sent to all the universities after the education ministry issues a notification in this regard.

According to the UGC sources, the guideline says public university students have completed theory classes for two semesters since April last year, but they are yet to sit for the semester final exams. Students are losing interest in their studies as they are not sure when the exams will be held.

It mentioned that grades can be awarded to students after taking online exams on specific subjects by giving “creative assignments”, “creative quiz/ MCQ questions”, and holding “time constrained class tests” and “viva voce” exams.

Practical tests of the students, however, will be held after normalcy returns.

Universities can choose all the options or two or three of them. But students should keep the camera and microphone of their devices on while taking the exams online.

Public universities were holding online classes as they could not take in-person classes since March 17 last year when the government closed all educational institutions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The closure has been extended till May 23 this year in phases. After one year of closure, on February 22, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni announced that all universities would reopen on May 24 after Eid-ul-Fitr.

There are 49 public universities in the country. About 3 lakh students are studying at these universities sans National University, Islamic University and Bangladesh Open University.