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Vikash Sharma

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown numerous challenges especially for the conduct of crucial examinations across the country.  The Odisha government too has decided to conduct the under graduate (UG) and post graduate (PG) examinations online.

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Higher Education Minister Arun Sahoo on Friday informed that elaborate arrangements are being made to ensure that the online examinations are conducted without hassles.

Following a crucial meeting with Degree College Principals held today, Sahoo said that the college authorities have been asked to entrust teachers with the responsibility of mentoring students and preparing them for the upcoming exams.
“We have advised to start mentoring system. Under this, teachers will take the responsibility and ensure how students can appear the examinations without any problems,” said Sahoo.

As per plans, one teacher will be given the responsibility and mentor 8 students. The teachers will hold communication with students and see that they undertake the online examinations without any inconvenience, he said.

It is pertinent to mention here that during the high-level meeting of the Vice-Chancellors, it was unanimously decided to conduct the final year or final semester examination for both Undergraduate (UG) and Post Graduate (PG) students in online mode.
The examination will be conducted by July-August this year. The concerned university and autonomous colleges have been asked to finalise the dates for the examinations.

“The responsibility of mentoring will be given from today. The teachers will contact the students and take appropriate steps. Already, provision has been made to ensure that students who do not have internet facilities can appear the exam in the nearest degree college,” said Sahoo.
Sahoo further informed that the College authorities will provide all assistance to such students. Some colleges have already started process of identifying students and places where they can appear the examinations.

The higher education minister said that no proposals of conducting the exams in offline mode came up during the meeting held today.

No proposals were made for conducting the exam in offline mode during the meeting, he said.

“We are getting ready for online exams as lockdown is still in force in Odisha and no decision has been taken on reopening owing to the possibility  a third wave of Covid-19,” Sahoo added.

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