Dhaka University’s Academic Council on Thursday (May 6, 2021) decided to hold the final examinations online from July 1 if the coronavirus situation does not improve in the meantime.
Confirming the matter, Pro Vice-Chancellor (academic) Prof Dr ASM Maksud Kamal said the council decided to hold final examinations of all batches online from July 1 if the current Covid-19 situation does not improve by June.
“All the deans have been asked to formulate a strategic plan within two weeks on how the online tests will be conducted,” Maksud added.
The examinations can be taken through different ways including MCQ , assignments, open book exam, short written exam. Total marks and exam time will be reduced but credit will remain changed, said a press release signed by the university public relations officer.
Moreover, computer based practical exams will also be held online. Lab exams will be held maintaining social distance and hygiene rules, it added.
The decision came from a virtual meeting of the DU Academic Council with VC Prof M Akhtaruzzaman in the chair on Thursday evening.
University pro vice chancellor (administration) Dr Md Samad, Pro-vc (education) Prof Dr. ASM Maksud Kamal, deans of different faculties, chairmmen of different departments and academic council members were present at the council meeting.
VC Akhtaruzzaman said, “The council has decided to take final exams online since the midterm exams have already been held this way,"
The teachers will be provided with necessary training about taking online examinations in the meantime, he added.
The regular academic activities at Dhaka University have been at a standstill since March 18 last year due to the outbreak of coronavirus. This has been a reason of immense frustration among the university’s students, especially those studying in final year.
Meanwhile, during the last one year, students participated online classes and appeared tests and midterms for their respective courses virtually.