Terminal exam of UG 6th semester to be conducted on pattern of MCQ

Internal Assessments for promotion of 2nd, 4th Semester students
Nishikant Khajuria
JAMMU, May 29: To ensure quick evaluation for avoiding further delay in PG admissions, the Jammu University has decided to conduct terminal examination for Under-Graduate (6th Semester) courses on the pattern of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) to be answered on OMR sheets as soon as conditions are considered conducive for the same in view of COVID-19 pandemic and consequent lockdown.
However, for the progression of students of intermediate Semester-II and IV to the next Semester III and V, respectively, the colleges shall conduct Internal Assessment test with 50 percent weightage, which shall be added with 50 percent weightage to the average marks secured by the students in the preceding Semester.
This arrangement has been approved as a one- time exception for the year 2020 and the college shall complete the internal evaluation during the first 10 days of the start of the class work for the next semester post lockdown.
Jammu University today issued a notification in this regard, which is as per UGC scheme of 50 percent weightage to the previous semester awards and 50 percent weightage to the internal evaluation awards of the semester in question.
Pertinent to mention that due to prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the university examinations for the UG courses (BA/B Sc/B Com) Semester-II, IV and VI could not be held as per earlier schedule.
As per the notification, the terminal examinations for Under Graduate 6th Semester shall be conducted on the pattern of Multiple Choice Questions to be conducted on OMR sheets by following all the safety norms and precautions, social distancing and staggered shifts etc as soon as conditions are considered conducive.
The question papers shall be set from the course content delivered/syllabi completed, based on the report of the Nodal Principal of the college, before the lockdown or during the lockdown
According to Controller of Examination, JU, Prof Rajni Kant, the decision to conduct terminal examination on the pattern of Multiple Choice Questions has been taken to save time of the students and ensure quick evaluation for avoiding further delay in PG admissions because of the situation due to COVID-19 pandemic.
“There are approximately 45 thousand students in the final semester of UG courses in the colleges affiliated to Jammu University and conducting theory examinations of four subjects of such a big number of candidates besides their evaluation is not possible in the prevailing situation,” he explained.
In the case of the students of Semester II and IV, the colleges shall conduct Internal Assessment/Assignment of 20 marks for each subject, which shall be extended to 50 marks and the remaining 50 percent marks shall be from the average secured by the student in the preceding semester (Semester I and III, respectively).
For the 2nd and 4th semester private students also, same formula shall apply with 50 percent weightage for the internal assessment and remaining 50 percent from the preceding semester score of the subject passed.
In the case of the students of Directorate of Distance Education, the formula applied for 2nd and 4th Semester candidates shall apply for the 6th Semester also. The calculation of their result shall be based on 50 percent weightage to the Internal Assessment awards received from the Directorate and the rest 50 percent weightage to the performance in the preceding semester (passed subject) as they don’t have regular class work.
The University notification in this regard was issued today pursuant to the recommendations submitted by the Committee of Examination, comprising Prof Rajni Kant, Prof Kulwant Singh, Sanjeev Mahajan and the Nodal Principal.
It may be recalled that office of Dean Academic Affairs, JU, has already notified that in view of the extra ordinary circumstances caused doe to the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the admission of candidates to various UG/PG programmes, falling under the ambit of JU Entrance Test for the Session 2020-20, shall be made only on the basis of the Academic Merit to be determined on the basis of the marks obtained by a candidate in the Qualifying Examination.
All examinations, both theory and practical of the PG Semester II shall be held internally and only one Major Test shall be conducted after the resumption of the functioning of the university.