Hyderabad: The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University(JNTUH) Hyderabad exam branch,has announced to conduct semester examination for under graduates and Post graduate courses and have released a set of guidelines.

According to the new exam guidelines, students giving examination and Invigilation staff must wear masks.Sanitizers will be provided at the entrance of the campus/building and the security on-duty to ensure that every staff member/student sanitizers their hands.Those sans masks will not be allowed in the campus by the security.

“Social distancing should be maintained at all the places including classrooms,laboratories,examination halls and places of common amenities like canteen.Thermal scanning has to be carried out at the place of entry into the campus to all students and the staff.Appropriate measures need to be taken to maintain sufficient distancing while operating the college buses”said the authorities.

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Dr. V.Kamakshi Prasad, Director of Evaluation of JNTUH instructed all the Principals of the colleges strictly follow the guidelines necessitated due to Covid-19 pandemic during the conduct of examinations at their respective colleges.

What are the new examination guidelines?

If any student falls sick, he/she should be kept in isolated place; proper care and appropriate first aid treatment must be rendered.

The examination hall seating arrangements should be such that, only one person per bench is to be allocated and in successive benches the seating may be arranged in zig-zag manner, so that the students sitting on successive benches do not sit in one single row.

The colleges are instructed to follow the below procedures proposed by JNTUH in compliance of the UGC/TSSCHE guidelines, due to Covid-19 pandemic during the conduct of examinations during June-August, 2020.

All the end-semester examinations shall be conducted for a duration of two hours. However the maximum marks of external exams shall remain the same. The pattern of examination should be "Five out of eight question pattern”. There should be no compulsory section with short answer questions. The questions shall be set moderated such that the students can comfortably answer each question within 20 minutes time.

There will be no credit based detentions for the academic year 2020-21. This relaxation is applicable to all the regular students as well as to all the students who detained in previous academic years (and not attending the classes) due to shortage of credits.

Students attendance shall be calculated as follows: Attendance of all the days during which the class works had been conducted shall be counted at par and from the date when the lock-down (due to corona pandemic) was announced by the Government of Telangana, the students were deemed to be present for all the online classes and full attendance for the entire lock-down period shall be counted. Considering the above two parameters, the lists of students who are detained due to shortage of attendance shall be prepared and shall be kept in the respective Principal accounts of the exams registration portal.

The semester-end examinations should be conducted at respective parent colleges only. There will be no shuffling of the students from parent college to host college. However for the colleges which have applied for progressive closure and the colleges where the number of students enrolled for the examinations are less than a specified threshold, one of the nearby colleges shall be identified for their students to write the semester examinations.

IV year II semester B. Tech and B. Pharm. Exams should be conducted from June 20, 2020. The schedule of second mid-term examinations shall be intimated within a week time.

The student who are unable to attend the IV B.Tech and B.Pharm. II semester exams due to mobility restrictions caused by corona pandemic, such students can appear for the advanced supply exams which shall be scheduled within 45 days after the conduct of B.tech examination.

The even semester (regular) exams of I, II and III B.Tech. / B.Pharm. should be conducted from July 16,2020 and the odd semester (supplementary) exams of B.Tech. / B.Pharm. shall be conducted immediately after the regular exams ie. from August 3,2020.

The principals are instructed to utilize the duration from July 1 to July 15 for conducting the contact sessions with the subject teachers, the lab experiments, mid-term examinations and the external lab examinations. The notification for the I B. Tech. /B. Pharm. II semester regular examinations and I Semester supply exams has already been issued and the registrations should be completed by the officer-in-charge-examinations or the competent authority of the college on or before June 6, 2020 (last date without late fee).

The University has also asked the colleges to look for appropriate measures to collect the examination fee, RC/RV/CV fee from the students either by the payment portal of the respective colleges or by other means. According to JNTUH, Students should not be encouraged to come to college to make the fee payment. The Principal's office should remit the consolidated fee to the University examination branch account like in the earlier days.

JNTUH has instructed the colleges to have a proper mechanism like a WhatsApp group or equivalent at the college and department levels to ensure that the students receive the exam notification and necessary information from colleges through University.

The Principals are requested to go through the notification regarding the change in different deadlines and the dates for collection of exam materials which are necessitated due to the change in the schedule of the examinations.

Anusha Puppala

Anusha Puppala is currently working at NewsMeter. She had earlier worked as a reporter with ANI and The News Minute. Previously, she has worked as a Senior Reporter with the Deccan Chronicle Newspaper, covering education beat. She had briefly associated with the national television channel Tiranga TV as a special correspondent. Anusha has extensively written stories on education, traffic, civic-issues, human-Interesting, off-Beat, consumer issues, health and environment. Hailing from Visakhapatnam, Anusha is a social media buff and a passionate foodie. If not reporting, you will always find her travelling.

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