Covid surge: PU departments and affiliated colleges allowed to assess online answer sheets

Amid the recent surge in Covid cases, Panjab University (PU) has allowed its teaching departments and affiliated colleges to assess answer sheets for odd semester exams online which started on Monday.

However, departments and colleges can use their discretion on the mode of assessment according to their needs. Previously, answer sheets were only assessed physically, but the university now also encourages online assessment. Last week, a communication was also sent to the heads of the affiliated colleges, asking them to send their preferred mode of assessment to the university.

They were told that submitting answer sheets by express post resulted in long queues outside post offices, which goes against the idea of ​​discouraging gatherings in public places.

“The only viable mode of submitting answer sheets is online. The online mode of assessment is encouraged, which is more efficient and environmentally friendly,” says the communication sent to the colleges.

Those who opt for the online assessment can opt for the needs-based physical assessment with prior notification to the university. However, for reappeared, private and USOL applicants, only an online assessment will be conducted this time.

PU Examination Controller Jagat Bhushan said, “We encourage assessment through the online mode, but it is not compulsory. If a college or department finds that the previous physical assessment practice is more effective for them, they can opt for that as well. »

“Allowing departments to use their discretion regarding the mode of assessment is a good step in the current situation,” said President of the University of Punjab Teachers’ Association (PUTA), Mritunjay Kumar.

15,400 students take the exam

Meanwhile, about 15,400 undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) students appeared on the second day of PU’s odd semester exam on Tuesday, which is conducted in online mode. Exams for 47 and 18 UG and PG subjects went “The exams went smoothly,” the university said.


    Dar Ovais is a Hindustan Times correspondent based in Chandigarh covering higher education.
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