Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) has recently made an announcement regarding the conduction of end-term examinations this year. GGSIPU has announced that end term exams will only be held for final semester students in offline mode while students from intermediate semesters will be passed on the bases of previous semester’s marks and internal assessment.
IP University will be holding the examinations for final semester students in offline mode i.e. in “pen and paper” mode. This rule is applicable to students who are pursuing undergraduate or postgraduate programmes at the university.
This announcement was made a few days after IP University released the tentative date sheet for its end term exams. After several students and teachers voiced their concern over the date sheet, the university took it down on the same day.
No exams for intermediate semester students
As per the official notice released by GGSIPU dated June 9, no end term examinations will be held for students in intermediate semesters i.e. first and second year students. Instead, these students will be promoted to their higher semester on the bases of their performance in the previous semester and internal assessments.
As per the university’s notification, this is a one time measure and only the exams for final semester students will be held. These changes in the conduction of exams are being taken in view of the nationwide lockdown imposed due to the rapid spread of coronavirus in our country.
Final Semester exams from July 10
The tentative date for the commencement of final semester examination by the university is July 10, though it is mentioned in the notification that the dates can be revised later. The exams for final semester students will be held in the traditional pen and paper mode, as per the university.
This step has been taken in accordance with the UGC guidelines for holding semester exams in the middle of this pandemic, which was released last month. According to the guidelines, the norms of social distancing and the usage of masks and sanitizers will be enforced by all colleges and examination centres.
The duration of all physical end term exam will be two hours and the university might hold two exams in one day to reduce the students’ visit to the centre. The lab exams for final year students might be held online if a physical lab exam is not feasible.
Students have been protesting the conduction of examinations by the IP University, as appearing for exams physically might lead to various health risks. Students also started an online petition and have been voicing their concerns through social media about the issue, hoping that some action will be taken by the university administration.