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KU constitutes panel to prepare policy document in exams, online classes

  • Internal Assessment for P.G students to be conducted Online.
  • Sub-committee headed by Controller exams will recommend whether students will face MCQs, open book exams or will be evaluated on internal assessment basis.
  • Provisional promotion to next semester shall be granted to P.G students of Batch 2018 & 2019. Later, University may hold combined exams of both semesters. However, final decision will be taken on the basis of the committee report.
  • Decision on UG exams, KU Entrance Exams to be taken separately by Higher Education Department in consultation with University’s exam wing.
  • P.G Admission Link for 2020 Session is open and will be closed after lockdown is over.
  • Six months extension granted to scholars.

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The University of Kashmir on Monday constituted a high level committee to frame a policy document regarding completion of courses of study and conducting examinations through online mode to minimise loss of academics due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic and the simultaneous lockdown.

The decision was taken at a high level meeting chaired by Vice Chancellor KU, Prof Talat Ahmad held in the backdrop of recent guidelines by the University Grants Commission asking varsities to evaluate students on the basis of internal assessment in order to promote them to the next level.

Media In-charge KU, Dr Shahid Rasool told Kashmir Reader that a committee under the chairmanship of varsity’s Dean Academic Affairs had been constituted to frame a policy document clearly depicting the modalities for conduct of online examinations, online classes, completion of teaching of ongoing semesters, carry forward to next semester, conduct of viva voce etc. After approval of the competent authority, the policy document will be circulated among students and faculty members, Dr Shahid said.

The varsity administration has tentatively scheduled the examinations of 1st-3rd semesters from different batches by the end of June once the ongoing online class work is completed for the semesters. And the recommendations for conducting the online mode of the examinations will be spelt out by the high level committee in its policy document.

An official said that the committee is expected to forward the policy document within a weeks time.

The varsity administration has also constituted a separate subcommittee for Online Examination a subcommittee under the Chairmanship of Controller Examinations. The committee has been tasked to submit the recommendations about the pattern and modalities of online examinations and other requirements associated with conduct of online examinations.

Besides, the Directorate of IT&SS KU in collaboration with Director, HRDC has been asked to conduct online workshops and orientation sessions for teachers on use of different IT tools for conduct of classes and examinations. The IT&SS will also keep training videos/tutorials on the University website for self-learning.

In the meantime, the Deans of respective schools have been asked to collect details of online classes delivered by the faculty members from respective Heads of Departments on weekly basis, and they will communicate the same to Dean Academic affairs.

Besides, the Deans of concerned Schools will convene meeting of respective HoDs and will brief them about the decisions taken and the policy to be adopted with regard to conduct of examination, completion of syllabus and conduct of online classes. The concerned HoDs also have been asked to consult respective faculty members in this regard.

For now, the internal assessment of the students has been decided to be done using online modes and the concerned officials have been asked to develop a robust mechanism to conduct online exams.

At the Mondays meeting, the VC, KU said that given the circumstances created by the COVID-19 crisis, the varsity administration shall try to make the best use of online and virtual teaching and learning on regular and in an organized manner. The Vice Chancellor approved the recommendations of the Deans Committee for conduct of research related activities online. These include online submission of thesis, panel of experts, and receipt of evaluation reports and conduct of final Viva -Voce.

Prof Talat advised that the faculty members should devise their own mechanism to conduct online internal assessment of students including online assignments, quiz programs, MCQ tests and shortterm review-based research projects.

The students have been encouraged to do review based desertions, avoiding use of laboratories and travel in view of the prevailing lockdown.

As for research scholars, they have been asked to attend the classes, wherever required, through online mode. The scholars who have completed their research work have been asked to submit the thesis to their respective Supervisors/HoDs, who will in turn seek the approval of experts for evaluation of thesis through e-mail after following due procedure. The thesis will be forwarded to respective examiners through e-mail. The viva voce of research scholars will be conduct online after completing due formalities.

Besides, the Research Admission Portal has been created by the ITS&S in order to monitor and facilitate the progress of the research scholars from their registration to the award of final degree.

Based on UGC recommendations 6 months extension has been granted to all the scholars whose registrations expired during the lockdown period or who could not submit their thesis.

The Mondays meeting was attended by the Dean Academic Affairs, Dean Research, Dean College Development, Deans of various Schools, Registrar, Controller of Exams, Media Advisor, Director ITS&S, Special Secretary to the VC and Directors of North & South Campuses.

Meanwhile, a top official at the Kashmir University told Kashmir Reader that the decision regarding undergraduate semester examinations at colleges and this years KU Entrance Test, which has been inordinately delayed due to the lockdown, will be taken separately by the Higher Education Department in consultation with the varsitys Examination wing.

KU to hold Internal Assessment Test online

(Committee has been framed to decide whether to go with Internals or hold End Semester Exams as well)

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Kashmir University has decided to hold the internal assessment test online and set June 15 deadline for completing the syllabus of undergraduate and post-graduate students. A meeting was held at Kashmir University on Monday and it was decided to complete the syllabus of students through virtual classes before June 15 and simultaneously conduct internal assessment examinations online.

The decision comes against the backdrop of UGC recommendation to start a new academic year from September instead of July given coronavirus and lockdown. UGC has also recommended that the universities should either hold exams or should adopt some mode of assessing their performance before promoting them.

Media spokesperson, Kashmir University, Professor Shahid Rasool told The Kashmir Monitor that a committee has been framed which will decide the mode and weightage of end semester examinations.

“As recommended by the UGC, the varsity will hold internal assessments online with 50% weightage. If pen and paper examination is not possible, UGC has said the students to be promoted to the next semester on the bases of performance showed in viva exams, internal assessments, and assignments,” he said.

Professor Shahid noted that the committee will inspect all modes of holding examination and decide whether to go with internal assessments or hold end semester examinations as well.

“Most of the departments have already completed the syllabus of existing semesters and they have started the curriculum of the next semester. The internal assessment exams will be held for both the semester concurrently,” he said.

Professor Shahid said after June 15, Kashmir University will also, try to bring the academic session at par with national universities. “The academic session of universities at the national level will start in September and by the time we will release the result of last semesters and students will be able to join other universities outside for further degrees,” he added.

Amid lockdown, KU to decide on pattern of exams today

[Provisional promotion of students, combination of exams and other issues on agenda]

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Kashmir University (KU) is holding a high level meeting on Sunday to chalk out the plans with regard to conduct of exams and other activities. The meeting has been convened after the government of India decided to extend the ongoing COVID19 lockdown by two weeks on Friday. A top official said all deans of the faculties, dean academic affairs and dean research will be part of the meeting to discuss the issues.

“We will prepare a plan about how to go ahead amid the ongoing COVID19 lockdown. There is uncertainty about how long will it continue,” said registrar KU, Nisar Ahmad Mir.

He said the meeting will decide about pattern of exam once the lockdown ends. “Exams have to be conducted come what way. Amid the prevailing situation we will decide about the pattern of the exams. We will see whether we will have go for MCQ type or open book system of exams.We don’t want to waste time of the students after lockdown ends. We will shortly hold exams after the situation improves and resume academic activities ,” said the registrar.

He said the varsity wants to communicate to the students about the pattern of exams at earliest.

The registrar said the administration will also take a decision for provisionally promoting first and second semester postgraduate students to the next level.

“All these issues will be discussed in the meeting. The students will be promoted to their next semester provisionally and later we will most probably conduct combined exams,” he said.

The government of India has already asked the Universities to shift their current academic session to September in view of the pandemic.

“But that decision doesn’t fit for our University as we have already started new academic session and completed admission process as well,” he said.

UGC guidelines on Exams and Academic Calender in view of COVID-19 pandemic

Download PDF from here: UGC GUIDELINES

For intermediate semester/year students, the universities may conduct examinations, after making a comprehensive assessment of their level of preparedness, otherwise grading be done based on the internal evaluation.

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Terminal semester/year examinations for PG/UG courses/programs may be conducted by universities as suggested in the academic calendar.

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The universities may conduct Ph.D., M. Phil. and practical examinations and Viva-Voce Examinations through Skype or other meeting apps, and in case of intermediate semesters, the practical examinations may be conducted during the ensuing semesters.