Exams ‘on demand' by IGNOU
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By Chetana Divya Vasudev: The IGNOU
measure will save time for many students but they should not get lax
The Indira Gandhi National Open
University (IGNOU) some time ago introduced “on demand” examination that allows
students to take exams on a day of their convenience by registering online or at
the regional centre, provided they have fulfilled the academic criteria for the
term. The hall ticket generated after the registration specifies the time and
venue of the examination. Since the entire process is computerised, increasing
efficiency, the results are announced within two weeks.
The Hindu EducationPlus spoke to a cross-section of college students in
Bangalore to find out whether they like this system.
Suprita Venkatesh (third year BBM, Surana College): I would definitely love to
have “on demand” exams, but I think my ‘on demand' will be after the usual six
months. As it is, the semester system allows us only about 60 to 70 working
days. This sem., it's just 55, and most of what we do in college is limited to
theory. So, if I had this option available, I would certainly like to make use
of it to take my exams at the end of eight months rather than six.
Ayesha Zeba (second year B.Com., NMKRV College for Women): If every college
adopts it, it will boost students' confidence as even if they are not able to
make it through in any subject, they won't have to wait for another year to
attempt the paper again. This confidence in turn will help improve the overall
performance. Moreover, if you are unable to appear for a particular exam in the
final year for any reason, you can still face interviews without feeling
embarrassed because you can take and clear the exam in almost no time.
Pratima Vasudev (second year B.A., Vijaya College): I feel that the system of
“on demand” examination can be very chaotic. The manner in which the students
take exams can begin to seem randomised, especially in my college, because there
are so many students here. It might become a tedious and even a tricky task to
cater to each student's demands.
However, since we don't have supplementary exams at the degree level, this would
be a good option instead. Even this, I feel, should be on one fixed day for all
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