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CU to reform age-old system for UG exams

Calicut University (CU) is introducing a novel reform in the undergraduate examination system to make it more transparent and to speed up the announcement of results.

Under the proposed scheme, to be introduced for the first time in the state and probably in the country, teachers of each college will prepare the question papers and evaluate the answer sheets at their own colleges.

The questions prepared by the college teachers along with the answer keys, will be kept at a central question bank, to be maintained confidentially, at the university headquarters. Experts will then vet the questions to ensure quality and the question papers for each examination will be prepared by them through random generation software.

“Currently, the question papers are being prepared by outside experts nominated by the board of studies, and there have been several complaints about out of syllabus questions. The new system will eliminate such flaws,” CU Pro-Vice Chancellor (PVC) K Ravindranath told.

Teachers of each college will evaluate the answer papers of the students at their own respective colleges, instead of the current practice of centralized evaluation camps, he added.

The answer keys and the marks awarded to each student will also be published at the valuation centres so that the students can cross-check whether the marks awarded to them were accurate.  If the students detect any discrepancies, they can approach the external examiner. This will eliminate the need for revaluation, Ravindranath said.

The marks will then be entered at the colleges and the data will then be fed to the central system at the university after cross-checks.

“This means that the results can be published within days of evaluation. The mark lists and provisional degree certificates will also be distributed quickly. We are thinking of introducing a system where the students need not put in separate applications for the final degree certificates.

“The fee for it will be collected along with the examination fee, and the certificates will be distributed as soon as the formality of senate endorsing is over,” the PVC said. The University Syndicate meeting on Monday will consider this proposal which has already been discussed by the principals of all colleges.

“We want to hold extensive consultations with experts and various stakeholders and to implement it from the next academic year for the first year semester students. Already a similar system is in vogue at the post-graduate level at the university,” Ravindranath said. (The Times of India)

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