KOLKATA: Prodded by the University Grants Commission (UGC) intervention, Calcutta University on Monday informed principals of affiliated colleges that all exams will now be held for two hours. RBU has also decided to follow suit.
Last week, UGC had written to CU VC Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, informing her that the decision to allocate 24 hours for the final-year and terminal semester examinations won’t be considered valid.
In Monday’s in-person meeting with college heads on the Rajabazar campus, it was conveyed by CU officials that candidates would be able to download question papers 15 minutes before the beginning of exams from noon while another 15 minutes will be considered to upload the scanned answer scripts or send pictures of the scripts to the respective heads of departments. CU has decided to keep the examination dates and the time of beginning the tests unchanged.
“We shall begin the exams as decided, between October 1 and October 8. Question papers will be sent to the college principals via email, which shall then be forwarded to the HODs and sent to students at their email IDs,” said a principal.
Colleges will have the autonomy to decide if students who cannot upload or send the scanned pictures of answer scripts on time can do so in person later. He also said that the marks allotted to the papers will also be lesser than if the exams were held for the usual four hours.
The Executive Council of RBU has said all theoretical examinations will be of two hours for 40 marks each. Examinees will have 30 minutes before exam to download the question paper and must upload answer scripts immediately after. All examinations, including practicals, will be held between October 1 and 18.