UGC Letter to Christ University for End-Semester Exams
On 17th June 2021, the University Grants Commission (UGC) sent a strongly worded letter to the Vice Chancellor’s Office, Christ University (“University”), asking the University to take student’s concerns into account while deciding on the patter of the exams, or face punitive action.
A few days earlier, the State General Secretary of the National Students Union of India, Karnataka had sent a representation to the UGC complaining that the University’s decision to conduct proctored online exam was taken without student consultation and would result in difficulties to students. It also mentioned that the syllabus for various subjects remained unfinished, amongst other things.
It asked for the following remedies on behalf of all students of the University:
1. Direct the University not to rely on Artificial Intelligence and Proctored mode of evaluation.
2. Direct the University to adopt alternative modes of evaluation (like Open Book Examination, Assignment Based Evaluation) which have been approved by the Higher Education Regulators and are feasible with the Students not causing more apprehensions and difficulties in the prevailing scenario.
3. Direct the university to take the entire student body through the student council into confidence while framing a policy for evaluation.
The UGC, in its reply, has endorsed the students’ demands and replied:
…students feedback may kindly be taken before exams and also students should not be targeted by faculties, administration and management. However, if Institution fails to implement the above directions, the Institution could invite punitive actions.
Now it remains to be seen how Christ University is going to alter its exam structure, and if this letter by UGC provides relief for other universities where students have been voicing against proctored exams.
We have reached out to School of Law, Christ University on how they plan to conduct the exams going forward. We will update the story as soon as we get a response.
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