Talking Point: Can on-demand exams be introduced at UG level

A UGC panel plans to introduce on-demand exams at the undergraduate level. Education Times finds out if the institutes are equipped to conduct ‘exams when the learner is ready’

Not feasible right now

The idea of introducing on-demand exams is undoubtedly a step towards making the education system more student-centric. But in the present scenario, it is not feasible to implement it, due to the lack of infrastructure, material and IT support that are indispensable for such a setup. If implemented, it will benefit the slow learners by allowing time to study at their own pace.

— Nazim Husain Jafri, Controller of examinations, Jamia Millia Islamia

Exams will be MCQ-based

The process was effectively implemented in western countries much earlier. The developments in information technology have paved the way for this in India. The pattern is dependent on having a huge question bank and the papers are predominantly multiple choice-based. The system has some merits including on the spot results, no arbitrariness in the evaluation, and being cost-effective. However, it is by and large based on memory test leaving little scope for analytical and writing skills to be tested.

— V Vijayakumar, vice chancellor, National Law University (Bhopal)

Only tests aptitude

Most Indian varsities lack even the basic infrastructure, thus implementing this pattern will not be feasible. It will require large administrative resources. Technology intervention can only help in testing the aptitude of the students. It is not possible to have on-demand exams for disciplines such as social sciences that require nuanced and comprehensive answers. The system will not serve the purpose of higher education which is to inculcate a deeper understanding of subjects.

— Sanjeev Grewal, associate professor, Economics, St Stephen’s College, Delhi University

Investment needed

It will be a good move if implemented. However, it will require extensive investment in building infrastructure to take all exams online as conducting on-demand exams in offline mode can be a challenge. Pilot projects can be conducted in distance learning mode to check its feasibility and later in the regular programmes.

— Amrendra Narayan, professor, Patna Science College

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