Telangana Exams: HC Suggests State Government to Stick to Either Online or Offline Mode
The Telangana High Court on September 14 found that the stance of the government is unclear on the mode of examination and thus has asked the state government, commissioner of collegiate education, and all the universities to specify the mode of examination for various Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses by September 15, 2020.
The panel consisting of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy has asked the advocate general BS Prasad to make sure that the announcement on the matter is made by the Commissioner of Collegiate Education in the coming next 24 hours.
Earlier, while hearing a petition of NSUI President BV Narsinga Rao and others regarding the cancellation of exams during the pandemic crisis, the judge concluded that the universities and their affiliated colleges will be conducting offline examinations and all the autonomous colleges will be holding online examinations.
The state government has also informed the court that the students who are not willing to take the examinations for whatsoever reason can appear for the supplementary examinations, which will be considered as regular exams.
The advocate C Damodar Reddy said in this regard that the online examination will be the right option as the students and their parents are in a state of panic in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases. He further added that there is no clear answer on whether the question paper will be the same for both affiliated and autonomous colleges or not.
Meanwhile, Osmania University said that it would be possible to conduct the online examinations only in the engineering campus. JNTU Hyderabad said that the University is considering online exams for mid-term and offline mode for semester exams.
The Telangana High Court has now suggested the state government to take a firm decision and conduct the exams either in online or offline mode but not both.