By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : Jul 22, 2020 16:55 IST
Final Exams can be MCQ, Open Choice & Assignment based, decision on July 24

University Grant Commission (UGC) to make clear on July 24, whether Multiple Choice Questions, Open Book Exams and Assignment based evaluation are allowed for final year students. On Wednesday Delhi High Court asked Commission to clarify over holding MCQ, Open Choice & Assignment based examinations for final year students. The High Court was hearing a plea filed against Delhi University OBE exams.

Based on a report published in HT, Delhi High Court will again hear the matter of final examinations on Friday july 24, seeking a clarification from UGC. Earlier UGC in the High Court said that holding examinations for final year / semester students is very important.

High Court on Wednesday asked the UGC to submit Kuhad committee's report in sealed cover and also asked to clarify whether can final year exams be conducted on Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), Open Book Exams choices, Assignments and Presentations basis, instead of long form exams. In response to the question UGC submitted its guidelines to not permit internal assessment for final exams, for the sake of credibility of students’ degree. The high court listed the matter for further hearing on Friday, July 24. Clarification from UGC on MCQ type papers, OBE, Assignment based papers seems to be taken in next hearing on July 24. UGC is expected to take final decision on last semester/ year examinations and the mode of exams.

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Submit Kuhad Committee Report in sealed cover, High Court

Justice Prathiba M Singh on Wednesday asked the University Grants Commission to explain the import of its guidelines issued in April, which mentioned the type of examinations that can be held by a college, for conducting final year exams. High Court also asked UGC to submit the Kuhad Committee's report in sealed cover. Next hearing in the case will be on July 24.

During the hearing, the UGC submitted that the guidelines do not permit internal assessment for evaluating final year students as it puts credibility of the system at stake. On other hand apposite to the UGC guidelines, several state governments including Delhi and Maharashtra have solely taken decision to cancel the final year/ term examinations in view of Covid19 situation.