The students have suffered huge losses due to the long shutdown due to the corona infection situation. In this situation, it has been planned to take the public university exams online. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has set an outline in this regard.
The matter may be finalized on the basis of discussions at a meeting of the UGC with the vice-chancellors of the universities on Thursday. This information has been known from UGC sources. Earlier, the Deans Committee of Dhaka University decided on Wednesday that if the situation in Corona does not improve, the final examinations of all the years will be taken online from July 1. Some members of the UGC think that this decision of Dhaka University will now inspire other universities as well, which will have a positive impact on tomorrow’s meeting.
Schools, colleges, madrasas, technical education institutes and universities across the country have been on holiday since March 16 last year to control corona infection. The latest announcement of the government is that the school-college will be opened on May 23 and the university from May 24. But as the second wave of Corona begins, no one can say for sure whether the educational institution will be reopened at the announced time.
In such a situation, a committee was recently convened by UGC member Professor Dil Afroza Begum on the instructions of the Ministry of Education to make recommendations on taking university level examinations online. The committee has also developed an outline or guideline for taking the test online.
According to committee sources, the outline has been developed with an emphasis on online-based creative assignments, class tests, MCQ or short question exams and assessments through oral exams or vivar. In this case, they have given more importance to Vivar. The committee also mentioned taking online exams in different countries of the world. However, in this case, internet access in Bangladesh is a big challenge.
According to the committee sources, their idea is to write the answer in the notebook from where the students are and take a picture of it and send it to the university. In this case, they also said to take some measures. And if for any reason a student is not able to take part in the online exam, then he should be given the opportunity to take the exam at a later time. When asked, the head of the committee and UGC member Professor Dil Afroza Begum told Prothom Alo that no one can say when Corona will leave. For this, they have created an outline or guideline about online testing. Which will be discussed and decided on Thursday.
According to UGC sources, the meeting will be held virtually (zoom app) at 11 am. There will be a discussion on the recommendations made for taking the test online.
There are currently 49 public universities in the country. Due to the Corona situation, the educational life of millions of students of these universities has been in doubt since March 16 last year. Students are also falling behind in their careers due to session jam. Earlier, the UGC had allowed private universities to take exams online. Although it has been closed for the time being.
Although private universities operate under a single law, public universities operate under separate laws. Education matters of these universities are decided at the meeting of the Academic Council of the University. Earlier, the preliminary decision was taken at some other meetings including the Deans Committee.
Dhaka University has online class and two semester midterm exams but the final exams of all the years are stuck. In this situation, if the situation does not improve in the meeting of the Deans Committee of the university today, it was decided to take the exam online.
In this regard, ASM Maksud Kamal, Vice-Chancellor (Education) of the University, said that if the situation in Corona does not improve, the final examinations of all the years of Dhaka University will start online. The deans of the faculties and the directors of the institutes have been tasked to prepare a strategy paper to specify the acceptability of the online test and how to ensure the participation of the students in the test. It has been asked to submit this strategy within two weeks. Apart from this, teachers will also be given training on how to perform online exams These decisions of the Deans Committee will soon be approved at a special meeting of the University’s Academic Council