In view of the COVID-19 spread and SC order on the conduct of examinations, the Osmania University has decided to constitute PG exam centers in certain districts headquarters outside the OU jurisdiction also, to allow students who are now in their native places, to appear for the PG final semester/year examinations in the nearest center.
A software application will be provided on the university website for students to exercise their options and select the nearest examination center. College principals have been asked to coordinate the activity so that students from their respective colleges exercise options for choosing a center for the exams which will be held in offline mode from October 19 to October 23 for exams of MSc/MA/MCom/MSW/MLibSc/MJ&MC/MCom (IS)(CBCS regular, backlog and improvement) (conventional and professional) for the academic year 2019-20. The university will allot the exam center for students who do not exercise any option, the OU said, in its special instructions issued to exam chief superintendents.
It also said that the university will conduct another special examination, as and when possible, for students who will not be able to appear for all exams of the semester/year for reasons of health or other unavoidable situations.
“Conduct of practical exams/project/seminar/internships viva is entrusted to the principals of respective colleges, who can take all necessary steps, including the appointment of examiners. Practical exams may be conducted in offline/online mode, and scripts of the same should be sent to the exam branch after uploading the marks through the link provided by the Examination Branch. Project/seminar/internships viva may be conducted in online mode,” the OU said.
Moreover, for MBA projects/seminar viva, the OU has said that no examiner should evaluate more than 180 students, failing which their bills will not be processed for payment. These special provisions will be applicable only for the current academic session 2019-20 as a one-time measure due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation.
In further instructions, the university has directed the colleges, where centers are constituted, to strictly adhere to the Covid-19 safety protocols. If needed face masks, must be made available to students and staff, the OU said, adding that all those entering the premises must be thermally screened.