On Monday, The University Grants Commission (UGC) issued fresh guidelines for the conduction of the Examinations and academic calendar for the universities. As per the fresh guideline issued by the UGC, the final examinations will be held in the universities in September.
UGC announced that the final year(s)/ terminal Semester(s) examinations will be conducted by the universities by the end of September 2020 in offline (pen and paper) or online or blend (online+ offline) mode.
The HRD Minister, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, in a tweet said, “The UGC has revisited its earlier guidelines related to university examinations.In view of the safety, career progression and placements of the students and their larger interests, after consulting @HMOIndia and @MoHFW_INDIA.”
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As earlier in April, the commission formed an expert committee to deliberate and make recommendations regarding examinations and the academic calendar, and based on the committee report, the UGC on 29 April 2020 had announced guidelines for exams and academic calendar.
Later, due to increasing Covid cases, the UGC’s panel of experts, headed by Haryana University vice-chancellor R C Kuhad, was on June 25 asked to review the final-year examination and new academic calendar guidelines issued on April 29 as the examinations were scheduled to be held in July.
But now UGC announced revised guidelines on examinations and academic calendars for universities in view of the pandemic as the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) permitted to conduct examinations by the universities and institutions.
The Ministry said, “The final term examinations are to be compulsorily conducted as per the UGC guidelines on examinations and academic calendar and as per the standard operating procedure approved by the MoHFW (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare).”
Union HRD Minister said that the intermediate semesters will be evaluated based on their internal assessments (as per the guidelines issued earlier).and he also released the UGC’s New Examination Guidelines on his twitter handle.
The new guidelines are:
- Final Year Examinations to be conducted by the universities/ institutions by the September end.
- Universities/ Institutions may choose any mode – pen and paper, online or a blend of both as per the feasibility and suitability.
- In case a final year student is unable to appear in the examination, the candidate may be given the opportunity to appear in special examinations for such courses or papers, which may be conducted by the university as and when feasible, so that the student is not put to any inconvenience or disadvantage.
- The students of the terminal semester or final year students having backlog should compulsorily be evaluated by conducting examinations in offline or online or blended (online + offline) mode as per feasibility and suitability.
- The provision shall be applicable only for the current academic session 2019-20 as a one-time measure. The guidelines regarding intermediate semester/ year examination, as notified on 29.04.2020 will remain unchanged.
- If need be, relevant details pertaining to the Admissions and Academic Calendar in the universities and colleges shall be issued separately in place of those mentioned in the earlier guidelines’