It's a revolution! Nearly two million students pursuing education in the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) across India and abroad will soon be able to choose their examination date.
"No stress, no fixed exam date. Students can walk in to examination leaving behind stress, tension or fear," IGNOU spokesman Ravi Mohan said Thursday.
"Walk-in-examination would give learners the liberty to decide the dates of exams as per their own suitability and convenience, thus lowering the exam pressure on them and thereby bringing down the percentage of failures," he added.
The varsity, which has presence in over 35 countries across the globe, said that under the scheme, students, instead of waiting for the six-monthly term end examination, could simply walk into any identified test centres of the university. The results would be processed on a monthly basis.
The flexible examination pattern will reduce the possibility of malpractices in the examinations, as each student will get a different set of question papers and examinations will be conducted with camera surveillance.
Registration of students, allotment of the dates and the issue of hall ticket to the examinees for the walk-in examination would be done online.
Authorities said initially selected regional centres of the university would conduct the walk-in-examination once a week - Sunday. The frequency of conduct of walk-in-exam may be increased in future depending on the need.