In the wake of coronavirus pandemic, the union ministry of human useful resource and improvement stated the final year examinations in the universities will be held in September. “The terminal semester will be conducted by the universities by the end of September, 2020 in offline (pen and paper) or online or blended (online + offline) mode,” the University Grants Commission (UGC) introduced immediately.
The determination got here after Union ministry of dwelling affairs stated it has despatched a letter to the Union greater schooling Secretary allowing universities and establishments to conduct examinations.
The dwelling ministry stated the end-of-term examinations are obligatory in response to UGC guidelines. “The final Term Examinations are to be compulsorily conducted as per the UGC Guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calendar for the Universities; and as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) approved by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare,” the letter talked about.
India has shut academic establishments in the final week of March to curb the coronavirus unfold in the nation. Various examinations performed by universities and better schooling establishments have been suspended since then.
The apex schooling regulator immediately introduced the ‘UGC Revised Guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calender for the Universities in view of COVID-19 Pandemic’. “In the view of the emerging situation related to COVID-18 pandemic in India, it is important to safeguard the principles of health, safety, fair and equal opportunity for students,” it talked about.
Those college students who’ve backlog ought to obligatory be evaluated by offline or on-line examinations as per ‘feasibility and suitability’. If a final year scholar is unable to seem in the examination, the college should organize particular examination for the scholar, the regulator stated. The above provision shall be relevant just for the present tutorial session 2019-20 as a one-time measure, UGC underlined.
“In case a student of terminal semester/final year is unable to appear in the examination conducted by the university for whatsoever the reason(s) may be, he or she may be given opportunity to appear in special examinations…which may be conducted by the university as and when feasible, so that the student is not put to any inconvenience or disadvantage,” it stated.
Earlier, there have been stories that UGC might cancel the final year examinations amid COVID-19 outbreak in the nation. Today’s announcement introduced some readability to college students.
In view of the surge in COVID-19 infections, the UGC’s panel of consultants, headed by Haryana University vice-chancellor R C Kuhad, was on June 25 requested to overview the final-year examination guidelines issued on April 29. The examinations had been scheduled to be held in July.
The HRD ministry earlier postponed the JEE and NEET 2020 examinations amid COVID-19 outbreak. “Keeping in mind the safety of students and to ensure quality education, we have decided to postpone JEE and NEET examinations,” Pokhriyal stated.