Conduct exams for final year students from July 15-22: UP govt to technical universities


LUCKNOW: Amidst students’ demanding cancellation of examinations, the UP government on Monday issued directives to technical universities to hold online examinations for final semester students from July 15 to 22 and for remaining students, other than final year, from July 23 to 31. The exam will be objective, and students can appear from their homes. There are nearly 5 lakh students enrolled in over 750 technical institutions and 1372 polytechnics across UP.

The decision, said officials, came following recommendations by a five-member committee set up to work out modalities of conducting examinations during the Covid-19 situation.


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According to a government order, software will be used to conduct the examinations and will be purchased through the GeM portal. The software will operate in all devices and processors, including smartphone, tablets, desktops and laptops with minimum connectivity.

Reviewing the situation, secretary technical education Alok Kumar held a meeting with departmental officials. “We will make sure that the syllabus gets finished within the next five weeks. If needed, we will ensure classes are held on weekends and in evenings,” Kumar said.

As per the government directives, three technical universities – APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University(Lucknow), Madan Mohan Malviya University of Technology (Gorakhpur), andHarcourt Butler Technical University (Kanpur), and the Board of Technical Education (BTE) which gives affiliation to polytechnics, have to hold mock tests so as to acquaint students about the online pattern of examination.

Soon after the government directives, AKTU announced a tentative examination schedule for final year students. Close to 2.30 lakh students are enrolled in various courses in 750 plus colleges affiliated to AKTU. The exams for final semester engineering students is scheduled from July 24, while that for final year pharmacy students is to begin from July 20. “We will hold a computer-based test which will comprise of 50 questions that students will have to answer in 90 minutes,” said AKTU vice-chancellor Prof Vinay Pathak.

Officials at MMMUT, which has around 5,200 student strength, said they are ready with all options. “Students will be able to take the exam even with low bandwidth. In case of loss of connectivity,their previous solved questions will be saved,” said an official.

Meanwhile, students took to social media expressing resentment over the government’s decision to hold the exams. In a series of tweets, students complained of incomplete syllabus and poor connectivity in rural areas. Chandresh Maurya said, “When it is necessary to run classes for 90 days according to the BTE calendar, not even 20% syllabus is completed through an online medium. So how can I take the exam?

In a similar tone, Tarun Varshney posted, “Are you trying to make engineers without knowledge. I saw online classes have not even covered 30% syllabus. Have you asked parents and colleges on the status of online classes? Most teachers suffered from corona,so who will teach then, take this also in consideration.”

Arun Sahani tweeted, “The website crashes when a simple result is declared, who is responsible if it happens during the exam. And the right to education is also for those who do not have the internet. Please promote us.

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