- UGC Revised Guidelines: Universities to hold final-year exams by September
UGC Revised Guidelines: Universities to hold final-year exams by September
NEW DELHI: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued revised guidelines on exams, advising universities to take till September to hold examinations for final-year students. In its April guidelines, exams were scheduled in July. The UGC's revised guidelines have come amidst pressure from students, teachers and parents to cancel the examinations due to increasing cases of coronavirus infection.
As per the fresh guidelines, finalised at an "emergent meeting" held on Monday, evaluation of the terminal semester students which was to be done through examinations in the month of July, will now be through exams conducted by the end of September 2020, Shortly before this announcement, the Ministry of Home Affairs gave universities the go-ahead to hold exams.
The MHA guidelines require univerisities to follow the UGC guidelines and the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) approved by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The exams can be conducted in pen-and-paper mode, the controversial online mode or "blended" mode.
Union HRD Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank made the announcement on Twitter writing: “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, it has been decided that Intermediate semester students will be evaluated based on internal assessment (as per earlier issued guidelines).”
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