UGC guidelines on final year exams

All the Universities have been recommended by the UGC to cancel final year examinations and to promote the final year students on the basis of previous performance for the larger good.

This comes after HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal asked University Grants Commission to revise their guidelines for University to conduct the final semester exams. HRD Minister also recommended the UGC to revise the academic calendar issued in April.

The revised guidelines are expected to be in conjunction with the health and safety measures for its teachers and students as well. UGC is likely to cancel the due final semester examinations Exams to be held by Colleges and Universities amidst the prevalent COVID-19 pandemic situation and is further all set to revise the guidelines in order to safeguard students and teachers from the risk of contracting Coronavirus during examinations.

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This change has unveiled only after the concerns raised repeatedly by parents, teachers, students, and several educational institutions as well. A final decision in context is yet awaited.

CANCELLATION OF EXAMINATION RECOMMENDED BY UGC

A committee headed by Vice-chancellor of the Haryana University Mr. RC Kulhad recommended evaluating the students on the basis of the previous semester and internal examinations instead of holding examinations in this situation.
This Committee was appointed earlier in the month of June to identify and suggest possible ways of assessing students in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
The cancellation of examination has been recommended for all, be it terminal or final year examinations.

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The report issued by the Committee states that all higher education educational institution, colleges, and universities were scheduled to hold the examination in the month of July as per the recommendation of the UGC due to the virus spread but owing to the current advertising scenario, the commencement of examinations might risk students lives. This move can result in a fatal situation moving us towards a larger community level outbreak which would be tough to contain.

Only after analyzing all these aspects, the committee recommended canceling the examinations which gained the support of the UGC. The adoption of an alternative evaluation method for declaration of results is suggested.

The findings of the committee have been shared with the HRD Minister. Sources inform that the HRD Ministry and the commission are pondering over the future course of action. Other institutions like the central education regulators including AICTE, Bar Council of India, Architecture Council, Pharmacy council have also been roped in by the UGC to arrive at a feasible possible solution and to execute it at a pan India level successfully because this decision will have a larger impact on the students’ community across the country.
“I have advised UGC to revisit the guidelines issued earlier for the intermediate and terminal semester examinations and academic calendar. The foundation for revisited guidelines shall be the health and safety of students, teachers, and staff ” tweeted the HRD Minister.

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Guidelines are being revised by the officials which are speculated to be announced officially soon.

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