The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) which is one of the largest distance learning University’s in India comprising of over 28 lakh students and is also considering the option of taking the examinations online.
The said varsity which had adopted the online admission process from this current year is in discussion with the HRD Ministry and the University Grants Commission (UGC) with regard to the proposal.
The Vice Chancellor is currently having discussions with the HRD and UGC.
IGNOU Vice Chancellor Nageshwar Rao stated “We are actively considering offering the examination online to make the process smooth and easy for students. Government is also examining the proposal and the modalities are being worked out. We are in talks with HRD ministry and UGC regarding the same.”
He also added that “We started online admissions this year and got a massive response. At present we have the entire process in online mode including the registration, issuing of admit cards, schedule updation but the examination is still conducted in the traditional paper mode where students have to go to their respective study centres,”
The task will however pose to be a challenge for the university taking into consideration the huge amount of students panning across the country.
He stated that “When we look at the distance learning system in other countries of the world where universities have adopted online examination, we have to take into account that they have a small student strength of 4000-10,000. In our case, the number is large and we also see that the people are spread throughout the country with different backgrounds and demographic issues. Some are housewives, some are poor, some are working, some are located in remote areas so we have to see the feasibility.”
The VC also stated that the university is still to figure out whether the option will be made available at its centres or the students can take the examination from anywhere.
He claimed that “The modalities are being worked out. Working out on the examination pattern as well as the infrastructural issues, is a challenging task but the experts are on the job.”
The university had initiated the online examination for 27 courses in the year 2010 on an experimental basis but the proposal had been withdrawn two years later owing to the UGC objection.
“We had started with 27 courses which had a student strength of not more than 300, to experiment the feasibility. The response was good but later it had to be withdrawn when UGC said it doesn’t recognize the online mode of examination. “
“Now, they (UGC) will be taken onboard to find a way out which is also recognized by the commission,” the VC said.
The university offers an overall 228 bachelors, masters, and diploma and certificate programs.
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