UGC likely to cancel final year examination, new session might begin from October

June 25, 2020: The University Grants Commission (UGC) is considering advising colleges and universities to cancel their final year examinations and semester examinations

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June 25, 2020: The University Grants Commission (UGC) is considering advising colleges and universities to cancel their final year examinations and semester examinations in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

It may also recommend further delays in the academic calendar, with the next session pushed back to October.

Reportedly, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' has asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to revisit the guidelines issued earlier for intermediate and terminal semester examination, and the academic calendar.

The revised guidelines are expected to be announced by the higher education regulator within a week's time.

"The ministry has made it clear that the foundation for revisited guidelines shall be the health and safety of students, teachers and staff. The expert committee is of the view that the examinations due in July in most universities as per the revised academic calendar be cancelled and marks for final examination be awarded based on the past performance of each student. "Students who are not happy with the final marks being given to them based on previous examinations, can be given a chance to improvise their scores by taking examinations later when the pandemic subsides," a senior official said. 

Although UGC’s guidelines are only advisory in nature, with each university making its own decision in accordance with local conditions and State government rules, several Vice-Chancellors said they would await the Central body’s norms before taking a final call.

UGC regulates 945 universities across the country, including 412 State universities and 53 Central universities. All educational institutions have been closed since mid-March, although many have continued classes through online and distance education.

 

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