Madras University: 99% of Students Clear Final Semester Amid COVID-19
University of Madras have declared the results for the UG and PG exam in which 99% of students cleared the exam. A total of 57,875 candidates appeared for the exam.
In contradiction, 70% of students had passed during the previous semester.
University of Madras conducted the final year exam from September 21, 2020, to September 30, 2020. The exam was of 90-minute duration. Students got more choices between questions, and their teachers checked the paper that helped them to appear from the comforts of their homes with no strict supervision.
Generally, 65%-75% of students are qualified for final semester exams from Madras University and its affiliated colleges. An official stated, “Due to COVID-19, the university relaxed several norms, and the test was student-friendly.”
The University of Madras conducted the exams in a blended model. During the exam, students needed to download question papers, write on sheets, and upload answer scripts within 3 hours of time duration. The exams were for 50 marks and changed to 100 marks that were written with the Google Meet app.
S Ramanathan, principal of Asan Memorial College of Arts and Science, stated, “This year, there were more choices in questions. Evaluation by teachers from respective colleges was an added advantage. None failed in our college, and many scored good marks.”
On the other hand, some principals mentioned that exams were without supervision, thus could be considered as an open book exam.
A principal of a city college shared his views that students were given three hours to upload or send it to the college after the exam. Copying and writing as a group are some of the malpractices that students might have done. The university has opted for a proctoring test with artificial intelligence attributes to maintain the integrity of the exam.
Loyola College, an autonomous institution, provided a minimum of three layers to review its partly online test. The principal, Thomas Amirtham, added, “In our college, 96% of students who took the test cleared it, an increase by at least 10% over the previous semester. There was an invigilator for every 20 students, and a centralized monitoring system detected 35 cases of malpractice.”
Ethiraj College for Women received a 99% pass this year. Principal S Kothai said, “Usually, it is 80%-90% pass.”