DK Shivakumar slams Karnataka CM Bommai on open school exams for engineering students

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Congress leader DK Shivakumar criticized Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday for allowing open book exams in colleges. The Karnataka congressman took to his Twitter account and criticized CM Basavaraj Bommai for giving his consent to the open book exams, saying he could not believe the chief minister was an engineering student himself. In an open book exam, students are allowed to refer to books in the exam rooms.

Slamming Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai, DK Shivakumar expressed disbelief and asked him what would be the benchmark of student talents that an open book test would show. Additionally, the Karanataka Congress President asked CM Bommai how an open book exam will judge student performance, when anyone can copy from the same source.

Open book exam and Karnataka

It is relevant to mention here that in September, the Mysuru-based Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) used the very first single ‘open book exam’ for its undergraduate and postgraduate students. cycle instead of promoting them directly to the next semester / academic year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was made considering that students could safely attend exams at home.

Earlier in 2019, the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) approved colleges to hold an open book exam. In its examination reform policy, the advisory body had suggested several guidelines on how to define questions for better assessment of students. One of the initiatives in this framework was the open book examination where students were allowed to refer to books in the examination rooms.

In addition, AICTE has also advised colleges to ask fewer questions that encompass two or three concepts or to allow more time for the open book exam. In accordance with the policy, this will be less stressful for a student as they will focus less on memorization skills and instead tend to focus on applying information and developing problem solving skills in students.

The Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is a statutory body and a national council for technical education, under the Ministry of Higher Education.

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