After a prolonged COVID-19 lockdown, Gujarat University has conducted its first offline examination on 3rd September 2020. The concerned officials have organized the exam at about 115 test venues across 30 districts in the state. The University conducted the exam in two shifts. For the first offline exam, approximately 85 percent of candidates have appeared.
A total of 21000 students pursuing Postgraduate and Law courses have applied for the examinations in the morning and afternoon shifts. Out of them, about 17850 candidates have appeared for the exam organized on Thursday. Kalpen Vohra, the Examination Controller at the Gujarat University disclosed this news. A total of 80000 candidates of different courses have registered for the exams. Out of them, 68000 students preferred offline examinations and the remaining candidates opted for online exams.
PM Patel, the registrar at the Gujarat University said, ‘Around 21,000 students are to take exams in the first phase and around 47,000 in the second phase of offline exams. Only 12,000 have opted for online exams, most of them from outside the state or country.’ As per the schedule, the first phase of the exams will be organized between 3rd and 10th September. The second phase of the exams will be conducted from 12th September to 19th September 2020.
Adequate number of exam centers were set up by the concerned authorities across various districts. This helps the candidates to appear for the exams that are nearer to their residence. On Thursday, the first phase of exams has begun for various courses that include MA 4th semester, LLB – 2nd, 4th, and 6th semesters, LLM – 3rd semester, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th and 10th semesters of 5-year integrated law, 4th semester of MEd and MCom.
The registrar clarified that the officials have set up all the exam centers offline as per the choice of the students. The students who preferred online exams also appeared for offline exams. In case, if the students appear for both exams, the performance of the student in offline exams will only be considered. The registrar further said, ‘The schedule for online exams will be declared later. Result preparation of offline exams will take time unlike the online exam, which will be 100 percent objective with multiple-choice questions… we plan to declare a combined result for both.’
The exam was organized amid proper precautionary measures followed by the students and the officials. The students were given masks and sanitizers before entering the exam hall. Besides this, each student’s temperature was thoroughly checked using thermal scanners. As per the directives of the Gujarat University administration, all the necessary arrangements were made at each exam venue.
Some of the vital precautionary measures like social distancing and thermal screening, sanitizing between two shifts were being done at each test venue, claims GU. The All India Democratic Students’ Organization, however, filed a complaint to Himanshu Pandya – Vice-Chancellor of GU mentioning that the candidates at various exam centers have witnessed a lack of social distancing and sanitization measures. They immediately asked for proper action to be taken by the concerned authorities. Stay tuned to KVPY.ORG.IN to get the latest updates about educational news across the nation.