Final Semester Examinations to be compulsorily conducted – UGC

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Students are expecting a uniform decision on final year semester exam. Recently, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank had also asked the UGC to “revisit” its guidelines on conducting exams and the next academic calendar amid rising COVID-19 cases. The foundation for revisited guidelines shall be the health and safety of students, the minister had highlighted. The guidelines, however, haven’t been issued till date.

But today Ministry of Home Affairs, in a letter to Union Higher Education Secretary, today permitted conduct of examinations by Universities and Institutions.  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.

A Look at Previous UGC Guidelines:

 Issuing the guidelines in April-end, the UGC allowed universities to conduct semester exams in July both on-line or offline relying upon the feasibility and the COVID-19 scenario. It additionally requested the varsities to scale back the examination length from three hours to two hours. The fee had stated the exams for ultimate semester college students will be carried out in July. It advisable that intermediate semester college students could both be evaluated on the premise of inner evaluation or in states the place the COVID-19 scenario has normalized.

The UGC requested the schools to take a name whether or not to conduct exams online or offline retaining in view assist system obtainable with them and guaranteeing honest alternative to all college students. It had additionally stated that in case the scenario doesn’t seem to be regular in view of COVID-19, the protection and well being of scholars be prioritized and their grading might be composite of 50 % marks on the premise of inner analysis and the remaining 50 % marks can be awarded on the premise of efficiency within the earlier semester.

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