In an interplay with TOI, Garg reacted to the debates over whether or not the Uttar Pradesh BEd joint entrance examination ought to have been held or not at a time when instances of coronavirus had been rising within the state.
Admitting college students primarily based on their final-year marks and with out an entrance check would have been an injustice to them, she mentioned.
The resolution to conduct the check was taken within the curiosity of scholars so that everybody will get an equal alternative, Garg added.
“There had been debates that the federal government ought to have finished away with the examination in view of security or admitted college students on benefit foundation. However, that might not have been honest for the scholar group,” mentioned Garg. She added that admissions primarily based on final-year marks was not a standardized course of throughout universities as marking is commonly finished on a bell curve primarily based on the scholar pool of that college. Thus, the highest few college students from every college are anticipated to attain larger, no matter how they examine with college students throughout the state. This is why conducting an entrance examination was one thing in college students’ curiosity, she added.
“We had thought-about on-line examination however the digital divide in areas throughout the state and entry points had been deterrents. A zero educational session would even have been tough as college students had been already struggling,” she mentioned.
The extra chief secretary shared how from growing the variety of centres to social distancing norms, conducting examination solely at authorities faculties to stop unfair means and adopting revolutionary methods like digital face detection helped in easy conduct of the examination.
“Last yr, the examination was performed in solely 15 districts with 60 to 130 centres in a district. This yr, there have been the dual targets of minimal motion and enough social distancing. It was determined to host the doorway examination in virtually all districts for ease of candidates,” Garg mentioned.