Hyderabad: The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) has decided to conduct its end-semester examinations online through either open book or take-home examinations, or term papers or assignment/projects. This makes EFLU the first university in the country to initiate a student- and faculty-friendly move amid the COVID-19 crisis.
The decision was taken on 9 April during the 12th academic council meeting. The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor E. Suresh Kumar, conducted the meeting online. The council, consisting of 40 members, felt that written examinations should be dropped for the end-semester exams as a measure to ensure social distancing as desired by the government. The end-semester examinations were earlier scheduled to be held in May.
The council has also approved the continuation of online classes till 29 April, the last teaching day as prescribed in the university’s original academic calendar. It upheld and ratified the Vice-Chancellor’s decision to conduct Ph.D. viva-voce online until further orders from the Central and state governments regarding the lockdown. The council also approved conducting a comprehensive continuous assessment (CCA) for all courses through the online mode.
Prof. Suresh Kumar said going online will be the only feasible measure to save the academic year for the students.