The format aims to reduce descriptive-type questions
MYSORE: The Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) has begun the process of changing the question paper pattern for its undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) courses, keeping the vision of introducing online examinations for students of open distance learning.
The new pattern, which aims to reduce descriptive-type questions, has already been introduced for BA courses this year. The new pattern for the remaining UG courses and postgraduate courses would be introduced from the next academic year.
At a press conference here on Friday, Vice-Chancellor B.A. Vivek Rai said that experts from open universities, which had already introduced a new pattern of question papers, and also from the Distance Education Council (DEC), were helping the university in bringing in the reforms.
“Whether a student is well-versed in a subject or not can be judged not only through descriptive answers, but also through short answers. We are trying to bring in a combination of both to test the students’ knowledge,” he said.
Prof. Rai added: “Filling up many pages in the examination should not be the criterion for gaining marks.”
He said the university had already introduced “slim lessons” for BA courses according to the advice of the DEC so that the students understand the subjects easily..
“When the computerisation of examination and admission sections are over by May 2009, we are confident of introducing online examinations for all the courses from the next academic year,” Prof. Rai said.
Registrar (Evaluation) Ramrathan said more than 15 examination centres had been established outside the State and 60 more had been launched in the State.
“This has been done to help women candidates who need not travel more than 50 km from their residence or work place to write the examination,” Prof. Ramrathan added.