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Source: The Indian Express

Students of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will have their final year exams in September. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, final year students have not yet appeared for their end semester exams. It is not safe for students to reach the examination center to appear for exams.

The university will conduct TEE June 2020 from the first week of September. This will be conducted for final year students of Under-graduation, Post-graduation, Post-graduate Diploma, Diploma, and Certificate programs. The Ministry of Human Resources Development ( MHRD) and University Grants Commission (UGC) released some guidelines for final year students. The exams for final year students of IGNOU are organized as per the released guidelines of UGC and MHRD.

STUDENTS WHO WILL NOT BE ABLE TO APPEAR FOR EXAMS IN SEPTEMBER CAN APPEAR IN DECEMBER

As said by IGNOU, June TEE 2020 will be conducted as per the registration validity period. It will fulfill the norms of the admission year. The examination application can be submitted until 31 July. The deadline has been extended up to 31 July. Those students who want to appear for exams in September can apply for the application form on the official website of IGNOU. The official website of IGNOU is ignou.ac.in. Due to the cases of COVID-19, it would not be possible for some students to appear for exams in September. The regional centers of IGNOU will inform students about the practical exams if it would be applicable. Those students who may not be able to appear for September exams due to coronavirus crises will be given one more chance to appear for the same. Those students can appear for exams in the month of December.

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GUIDELINES RELEASED BY UGC ARE CHALLENGED IN THE COURT

All the members of the IGNOU council met on Tuesday. They decided that written exams will be held regardless of the year or semester students are enrolled in. The Joint Forum for Movement on Education (JFME) has proceeded a petition online. This petition has begun to so that UGC may withdraw its guidelines and final year exams would be canceled. It will be submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi when it will receive 1,000 digital signatures on the platform Change.org. The University Grants Commission released guidelines for universities across the nation to conduct final year exams by the end of September. But, the guidelines issued are subject to be challenged in the court.

STATES SHOULD DECIDE WHETHER THEY HAVE TO CONDUCT FINAL YEAR EXAMS

First and Second-year students are promoted on the basis of 50-50 formula. They are promoted on the basis of internal assessment and previous semester results. Final year students are urging for the same. Students are protecting on social media to scrap UGC guidelines. According to them, UGC should declare its decision as advisory. They should not burden states with its decision. The Secretary of UGC said that it is mandatory for the states to conduct final year exams. Granting a degree without exams will not have any much value in the long run. Petition is filed for final year exams in the court.

IGNOU APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR BACHELOR’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES FOR ACADEMIC YEAR OF 2020

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