Exam reformation committee submits draft recommendations

Thiruvananthapuram/Kottayam: In a midterm report submitted to the government, the exam reformation committee recommended that the universities should revamp their system so as to be able to publish the results within 30 days after the exams get completed. There is no need to give unnecessary moderation of marks.

Moreover, the exams should test the knowledge of the students rather than their memory power. The committee is chaired by Dr. CT Aravinda Kumar, the Pro Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University.

Earlier, another committee headed by Dr. NJ Rao of the Indian Institute of Sciences in Bengaluru too had submitted its recommendations to the Higher Education Council. The government would adopt the viable recommendations from both the reports. Meanwhile, the final draft of the report would be prepared by inspecting the mid – term report, including the instructions of the Higher Education Council. This would then be submitted before 30 April.

These are some of the recommendations of the exam reformation council:
•  Everything, from the admission process, exams and granting the degree certificate, should be done via online. Special software has to be prepared for this.
•  Like the PJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, the answer sheets of all the universities should have specific bar codes. The valuation should be on screen. The scanned images of the answer sheets should be sent to the teachers via email. The answer sheets of the students who apply for revaluation should be sent to their emails.
•  The exams and valuation of first two semesters of the graduate courses and alternate semesters of PG programs should be done at the respective colleges. Meanwhile, the question papers would be supplied by the university. The exams of other semesters would be directly handled by the universities. A common entrance exam should be held for admission to the PG courses. There should be a cool – off time of 15 minutes before the commencement of exam. Open – book exams could be tried in some courses.
•  The current internal marks of 20 isn’t enough; it should at least be 40 marks.
•  The students should be given unique identification numbers that is merged to their Aadhaar. The certificates should be provided within 15 days of application. 

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