The Telangana state government on Monday, September 14, 2020, told Telangana High Court that it is not possible to hold UG/ PG final semester exams in the online mode keeping in mid students in villages and remote areas who do not have access to internet and computer facilities.
The court was hearing a petition filed by NSUI students union seeking conduct of UG/PG semester exams in online mode in view of corona pandemic.
A two-judge panel of the Telangana High Court on Monday found that the stance of the government in conducting examinations to the final semester students of undergraduate and postgraduate courses was unclear.
The panel, comprising Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijayasen Reddy, was dealing with a batch of PILs filed NSUI and others seeking directions for the conduct of online examinations.
The government informed the court that students who were not willing to take exams could appear in the supplementary exams, which it said, shall be considered regular examination.
The government, however, left it open to the autonomous universities to conduct online examinations. While Osmania University said it would be possible to conduct online examinations only on the engineering campus,
JNTU-Hyderabad said mid-term exams would be conducted online and the semester exams through offline mode. The panel suggested the government take a decision and stick to conduct of either online or offline exams but not both.