AICTE recommends open book exams

November 26, 2018

The All India Council of Technical Education is mooting on introducing open book exams for engineering students. Among the other new reforms recommended by the Council are mandatory internships for students and induction and training programme for teachers.

In the new reforms released on its website, AICTE have told affiliating universities and colleges to choose areas for open book exams carefully. The new system is expected to reduce rote learning in students and promote application of learning. It will also be less stressful as it will be less demanding on the memory skills.

Similar to time-constrained examinations, open book examinattions, open book examinations are designed in a way that allow students to refer to their classnotes, text-books, and otther approved material while answering questions. They are useful in testing the skills in application, analysis and evaluation, the reforms policy stated.

AICTE has finally recommended 600-700 hours of internship for internship for BE/Btech students and 450 to 500 hours for diploma students. Placement cells in colleges are to help students find internships. Further, technical teachers joining new jobs will have to go undergo induction courses at the time of joining and will also need regular in-service training programmes.

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