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:: UPTU practical examination schedule making difficult for students ::

Usually practical examinations are held after the theory examinations. According to the academic calendar of UPTU, the practical examinations were scheduled from May 31, after theory exams end. But Uttar Pradesh Technical University's decision to hold practical exams for even semesters 30 days ahead of schedule has put around 4 lakh students of affiliated colleges in a difficult situation. Teachers said, as per academic calendar, the exams were to start from May 31 by which time they had planned to finish the syllabus. Now, the fresh directive says that exams will start from May 4, which will not only disturb the time table but also encroach on time for theory classes.

Key Points ::
  • Plan change not welcomed by students & faculty of affiliated colleges.
  • Practical exams from May 4 for around 4 lakh students.
  • The date is almost 30 days before the usual plan.
  • Final-year students worst hit with less time for project to made for practical exam.
  • Teachers fear won't be able to complete syllabus before exams.
"Preponing practical exams will affect final year students most, as they will not be able to complete their projects till then,'' said director of a prominent college.

 "Advancing it will leave little time to complete the syllabus. Also, it will be in violation of University Grants Commission (UGC) norms of 90 days mandatory teaching,'' said director of an affiliated college.

Semester classes in colleges affiliated to UPTU began on January 27. If examinations begin from May 4, there will be only 60 days of teaching which is far beyond the UGC norms. This includes, 11 holidays, 13 Sunday's, and seven days mid-term break.

Students said, change in schedule will leave them with little time to prepare for theory examinations. "There were hardly any classes held. We have just finished exams of previous semester and already exam schedule for the next semester is here,'' said Sudhanshu Sharma, a final-semester B.Tech student.

The problem is grave with university not having declared results of the previous semester. "I don't even know whether I have cleared all papers or not. This is such a mental trauma for students. Now, university has pre-poned the practical exams. When will we study,'' said Prachi Shukla, a third-year B.Tech student.

UPTU vice-chancellor R K Khandal said, "Holding practical exams before theory, both in UG and PG courses, is to bring in academic discipline. Changes in academic calendar have been made after discussion with chairpersons and directors.''

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