Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Education Minister of Assam, said that online exams for universities are not possible as a large section of students come from poor financial backgrounds.
On Saturday, Himanta Biswa Sarma said that it’s not possible for the state to conduct the online exams as most of the students are from poor backgrounds and lack the basic needs of an online examination.
“It will be very difficult in Assam to conduct online examinations. There are many poor students without resources essential for an online exam, a mixed-mode of exam online and offline with an option for candidates without resources to sit for an offline examination can be helpful,” Mr Sarma said.
“For specific courses like medical and engineering with captive students who are familiar with the system, online exams may be possible. However, BA, MA university exams cannot be conducted online as these involve a large number of students,” Mr. Sarma added.
The revised University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines have not been well received in Assam. Recently, Postgraduate Students’ Union, or PGSU, Gauhati University said that universities should be permitted to use other methods of evaluation in place of exams.
The PGSU’s and the minister’s recent statement are almost alike, as the memorandum said many students of the university lack basic requirements for examinations such as android phones, PCs and electricity.
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