Kolkata: Several principals of colleges affiliated to Calcutta University are confused over how to conduct the undergraduate intermediate semester exams as they have not received any uniform guideline on the format. Similar is the confusion over postgraduate intermediate semesters.
“While some undergraduate departments have been able to seek clarification from CU’s UG councils for themselves, several others are yet to figure out how the 50-mark exam will be conducted,” said the principal at a city college. The intermediate semester exams are supposed to be held between November 23 and December 23.
On November 6, it was announced that UG students at CU colleges, who had been promoted to the third and fifth semesters without having to appear for any exam due to the pandemic, will be now be evaluated through internal assessments between November 23 and December 23. CU instructed its affiliated colleges that for the UG intermediate semester exams, they will have to follow the UGC guideline issued on April 2020, stating 50% of their grading should be on internal evaluation and the remaining 50% on their performance in previous semester.
Lady Brabourne College principal Siuli Sarkar said, “I had sought clarification from the examination controller on which semesters should sit for tests on UG as well as PG and the formats to be followed . Several UG Councils have informed about the patterns.”
Tapan Poddar, principal at Vivekananda College in Behala, said he had also sought clarifications from CU. “I have been told that each college can hold the exams, according to their understandings. I will call a meeting of all department heads where a uniform pattern will be discussed . Students will be marked on attendance as well,” he said.
Some heads pointed out that while some departments will ask for project work, others may take MCQ tests and ask students to upload answer scripts . “There is no clarity on practical exams either,” said the principal at a north Kolkata college.
Controller of examinations at CU, Jayita Chakraborty, declined to comment.