first_imgIn a first-of-its-kind exercise, about 1 lakh students of government colleges in Rajasthan on Monday appeared in an examination which was virtually a test of their honesty. The newly introduced monthly academic test was conducted without invigilators, while no equipment, such as CCTV cameras, were installed in the classrooms to monitor the activities of students.The test, scheduled for the 29th of every month in the 2019-20 session, will not only assess the academic knowledge of the students but also their honesty, truthfulness, self-control and self-confidence. Teachers left the classrooms after distributing question papers and came back after an hour only to collect the answer sheets when the time was up.‘Overwhelming response’“The students’ response was overwhelming in all the 237 government colleges across Rajasthan. Their enthusiasm showed how important it was to inculcate ethical values among youths,” Pradeep Kumar Borad, State Commissioner (College Education), told The Hindu. He said the exam was a “dual test” of the students’ intellect and honesty, both of which were important for their success.The monthly tests have been introduced for the first time this year as part of the ‘Akashi Calendar’ for higher education, which has scheduled various activities during the session that started on July 1. Mr. Borad said a test of general knowledge on July 13, in which 31,097 students appeared, was also praised for its objective of widening the horizons of students.Mr. Borad, who is also Special Secretary-Higher Education, said the activities of organising coaching classes, formation of student houses, and a tree plantation drive, would be taken up in the due course, but the single most significant initiative was the invigilator-free monthly tests, which would strengthen moral principles among the students in an unmatched way.‘Self-analysis’Alka Agarwal, Principal of the Government Girls’ Post-Graduate College, Jhunjhunu, said all the 1,400 students of her college wrote the exam and gave a positive feedback. “Such an activity is important for our students, who come from nearby villages and remote hamlets. The self-analysis of their performance will help them achieve academic excellence,” she said.Another significant aspect of the test is that its result will not be announced publicly. Mr. Borad said the students would be apprised of their performance individually after their answer sheets were checked. “When the students know that the results will not be put on the college’s notice board, they will give the test honestly and analyse their own performance. The tendency to cheat will decrease.”The college concerned will maintain the record of performance of each student, but the marks obtained in the monthly tests will not be added in the final result. In Monday’s test, each subject had a 20 marks question paper, comprising 11 questions, including five objective type, five very short answer type and one short answer type question.The students had the freedom to use their own notebooks, registers and blank papers as answer sheets. The Directorate of College Education has invited feedback and suggestions about the invigilator-free exam at its e-mail [email protected]last_img