UGC Releases Guidelines for University Exams 2020
The timeline for holding the exam has been relaxed so far with Universities having the option to hold the pending examinations by end of September 2020.
Amid rising concerns and protests over holding of the University for Final Year Students, UGC released its guidelines for semester exams yesterday. According to the revised guidelines released on 6th July 2020 late evening, the universities regulator, the Final Semester Exams for students have been mandatory and are to be held compulsorily for all the students who are currently in their terminal semester.
However, the timeline for holding the exam has been relaxed so far with Universities having the option to hold the pending examinations by end of September 2020.
UGC final year exam will be held by September:
"The terminal semester will be conducted by the universities by the end of September, 2020 in offline (pen and paper) or online or blended (online + offline) mode," the University Grants Commission (UGC) announced.
Earlier, there were reports that UGC may cancel the final year examinations amid COVID-19 outbreak in the country. Today's announcement brought some clarity to students.
The decision came after Union ministry of home affairs said it had sent a letter to the Union higher education Secretary permitting universities and institutions to conduct examinations.
The home ministry said the end-of-term examinations are compulsory according to UGC guidelines. "The final Term Examinations are to be compulsorily conducted as per the UGC Guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calendar for the Universities; and as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) approved by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare," the letter mentioned.
UGC Revised Guidelines on Examinations:
The apex education regulator today announced the 'UGC Revised Guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calender for the Universities in view of COVID-19 Pandemic'.
"In the view of the emerging situation related to COVID-18 pandemic in India, it is important to safeguard the principles of health, safety, fair and equal opportunity for students," it mentioned.
Those students who have backlog should compulsorily be evaluated by offline or online examinations as per their 'feasibility and suitability'.
If a final year student is unable to appear in the examination, the university must arrange special examination for the student.
The above provision shall be applicable only for the current academic session 2019-20 as a one-time measure, UGC underlined.
In case a student of terminal semester/final year is unable to appear in the examination conducted by the university for whatsoever the reason(s) may be. In addition, he or she may be given opportunity to appear in special examinations...which may be conducted by the university as and when feasible, so that the student is not put to any inconvenience or disadvantage," it said.
The HRD ministry earlier postponed the JEE and NEET 2020 examinations amid COVID-19 outbreak. "Keeping in mind the safety of students and to ensure quality education, we have decided to postpone JEE and NEET examinations," Pokhriyal said.
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