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Punjab University online exam by June end if virus persists

LAHORE :24 April:An online meeting of the Punjab University’s Academic Council was held here Thursday which decided the possibility of conducting online examinations if the prevailing situation vis-a-vis Covid-19 did not improve by end of June, 2020. PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad chaired the online meeting which was attended by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar, Registrar Dr Muhammad Khalid Khan, deans, heads of departments and professors. The meeting decided and recommended to the PU Syndicate for its approval to conduct defence of thesis of PhD candidates through online system. The meeting also decided that PhD candidates would present and defend their research proposals in the online meeting of Advanced Studies and Research Board (ASRB) after following the procedure. The meeting also made important recommendations regarding online examinations of on-campus student. The meeting agreed that it would be the first priority to conduct exam of on-campus students in the end of June if the situation vis-à-vis Covid-19 improved. However, it was also agreed to start working on a comprehensive system to conduct online exam of on-campus students in the end of August if the situation did not improve. In this regard, Prof Niaz Ahmad instructed the officials concerned to make foolproof arrangements to ensure secrecy of question papers, question bank, software security and smooth functioning. The meeting also decided to conduct online exam of subjects of English, Political Science and Sociology of LLB first year (five-year programme) as per old scheme in the month of August. The Academic Council also formed quality assurance committee at department level to ensure quality of online teaching and learning. The meeting also decided to form technical committee at university level to assess and resolve technical matters regarding online education system. The meeting also agreed to ensure standards of accreditation councils in relevant subjects. The meeting instructed affiliated law colleges to ensure quality of education.The news.