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SXUK sets example in holding online tests
September 22, 2020

All 472 students of the undergraduate and postgraduate final semester exams at St Xavier’s University, Kolkata had uploaded their answers instantly at the end of each test, Vice-Chancellor Father Felix Raj said. The exams were held smoothly between September 14 and 18.

Students were informed before the exams about the various rules and regulations. The virtual system which was constantly monitored was such that the examinees could easily and instantly submit their answers.

A few examinees had complained about minor technical problems while writing the exams at home. “The problems were solved immediately and all 472 candidates managed to upload the answers as soon as they stopped answering the questions on all days,” the VC said.

The success in conducting online exams by St. Xavier’s University, a private institution run by Jesuits, has come at a time when manyUniversities and colleges are finding it difficult to evolve a suitable system for conducting the final year/semester exams amid the pandemic.

St Xavier's University had appointed one teacher and a supervisor for every 20 students to monitor them during each test. Students were provided with mobile numbers and email IDs to contact the University or the supervisors so that they could call the respective teachers if they faced any problems.

The teachers were asked to convey the problems to experts from a third party agency that was hired by the university to manage the technical side of conducting the exams. Arrangements were made to ensure that the problems were solved immediately and every student could complete the paper in the allotted time.

Arrangements were also made at the University campus for writing the exams for students who faced network or technical problemsat home.

Three rounds of mock tests were held to help students understand the system for three full days prior to the exam dates. The mock exams also helped the authorities anticipate the kind of technical problems an examinee could face.

“This was the first time students had to take the tests sitting at their home. We had no experience of conducting the examinations this way. But we were able to conduct the exams successfully,” the VC, Fr. Felix Raj said.

He said the new system had been adopted as a one-time measure because of the pandemic. But after its successful implementation, the institution might attaempt to conduct some exams this way even after the situation normalises.

The results will be declared on September 30. The questions were a mix of multiple-choice (MCQs) and subjective types.

Staff Reporter

Courtesy: The Telegraph, Kolkata