Writing lengthy answers during examinations might soon be a thing of past for students of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) and its affiliated colleges.
The university plans to impose word limit on answers that students write during examinations conducted by it. The proposal for the same was tabled at the executive council meeting of DAVV held on Thursday.
So far, the university does not have any provision of word limit for answers to long and short type questions asked during semester examination of most courses.
“Restricting the word limit for answers would be beneficial for students as they would prepare themselves to write to the point answers,” said Vikrant Bhuria, executive council member and DAVV alumnus, who put forth this proposal.
“It is assumed by many students that they could score more by filling more pages and adding supplementary sheets,” he added.
He said the practice will also help the university save on pages used as supplementary sheets by students.
The council has accepted the proposal and will forward it to the standing committee of the state.
DAVV vice chancellor Prof D P Singh said the decision on the proposal will be taken by the standing committee and would require an amendment in the existing rules accordingly. Although students are not able to make up their mind over the benefits of this proposed rule, they are hopeful that if at all it is implemented, the university would be fair in fixing the word limit.
“It cannot be evaluated at this point of time if the rule would be a boon or a bane for us but certainly the number of words granted should be adequate,” said Neha Agarwal, a student.
Present format of questions
The present format of a general question paper in DAVV mostly comprises 10 questions of which 5 have to be attempted. These are mostly long answer type questions. A few questions are based on short answer type format.