In a webinar held by the Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on 28th May 2020 over 45,000 Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) took part. The webinar was conducted with an objective to formulate a strategy to turn the challenges due to coronavirus pandemic into an opportunity.
In the webinar organized by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), the HRD minister said that students who are in their 1st year of the college shall be promoted on the basis of their previous academic record whereas 2nd-year students shall be promoted based on 50% of their internal marks and 50% of the last year’s or semester’s record. Yet exams for final year students will take place. If the situation prevails the same by July then-new exam dates will be announced soon.
The HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank further asserted that if any student at any point faces any difficulty or doubt they can contact the Covid-19 task force of UGC or the respected department of their college.
Pokhriyal further added UGC has formulated a Covid-19 task force to figure out a new academic calendar. The academic calendar seeks to support education but also strives for the safety of the students.
Furthermore, Pokhriyal included that he is emphasizing on online education through the top 100 institutions to reach out to each and every student. Students from all around the world will be benefitted from these courses. It is crucial as well as essential to facilitate online education as it the new normal and future of academic institutions depend on it.
The HRD minister further added that we should emphasize on delivering high-quality online education. Furthermore, a new assessment system will be created by NAAC for online education which will be released soon. Pokhriyal also advised institutions to function in mission mode to partake in accreditation and examination system. The future prospects of the country lie in the hands of the Universities and colleges. They might not be ranked in the initial year but possibly in the following year.
The minister also proclaimed that actions are being taken to assure that 7.5 lakh students who go abroad from India for higher education will find their future in India. Moreover, online courses will be provided by the top Indian Institutes for foreign students who come to study in India. There will be a demand for Indian teachers in foreign countries.
When all the academic institutions are shut down and on the standstill since the mid-March due to Coronavirus pandemic, the HRD minister Pokhriyal previously had an interaction with the guardians of students, teachers, and as well as with the students through the online webinar in which he dealt with their inquiries.
A core team has also been formed by UGC whose job will be to handle problems corresponding to Covid-19. Formation of similar committees has been asked to the Universities and constituent and affiliated colleges to deal with students’ problems.