University Grants Commission along with Ministry of Human Resource Development has released the ‘Standard Operating Procedure’ (SOP) for conducting the final year or end-semester examination. The SOP was constructed and released by the Commission within two days after the release of the UGC revised guidelines.
The letter issued by UGC states that the SOP is constructed for the conduct of examination with measures to be taken in view of the COVID19 situation. SOP follows the revised guidelines issued by UGC on July 6 where it was decided that the end semester examination would be conducted by September 30, 2020, in pen n paper mode, online mode, or blended mode.
However, SOP was released by the Commission after receiving a lot of criticism on the conduct of examination in such a pandemic situation. Students took to twitter to protest against the to-be-conducted exam with hashtags cancel final year exams and students lives matter.
Meanwhile, UGC Secretary Prof Rajnish Jain said, “Conducting final year examinations for graduation or post-graduation courses is very important, and the safety of students is our prime concern. Universities & college can opt to conduct exams through online, offline or blended mode. Guidelines for the conduct of exams have been issues on basis of Standard Operating Procedure suggested by the Health Ministry. All states should conduct exams for final year students.”
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Standard Operating Procedure
- As per the newly released SOP, admit/identity cards issued to the students should be treated as a pass for the movement of students. The state government should issue instructions to all local authorities to issue movement passes to invigilators and all personnel engaged in the conduct of the exam.
- The examination hall should be sprayed with disinfectant including floor, walls, gates, doors etc. Sanitizer bottles along with liquid handwash should be arranged at the entry gate, exam room, staff/observer room etc.
- Thermal checking will be done at the staff entrance point. Fresh masks and gloves should be used by exam functionaries after staff verification is completed.
- The seating area of candidates should be thoroughly sanitized after every session. Even washrooms should also be cleaned an disinfected.
Staff will have to fill self-declaration form about their health status before entering the exam area. If any functionary fails to meet the self-declaration criteria or thermo gun check, he/she will be asked to leave the exam center immediately.