Karnataka Govt Advises Christ University against Holding Exams for Intermediate Semester. Karnataka Govt Advises Christ University against Holding Exams for Intermediate Semester. The advisory comes days after students began protesting against examinations that the institute is holding online.
In a knee-jerk reaction, the Karnataka government wrote to all vice-chancellors of deemed to be universities, and categorically Christ deemed to be university, advising them to not hold examinations for intermediate semesters/ years.
In consonance with the University Grant Commission’s guidelines, the state government, on July 10 had allowed all state public and private universities under the higher education department to hold exams for final year students by the end of September offline, online or blended mode.
While students in their intermediate semesters were to be promoted to higher semesters based on grading system constituting 50 per cent internal evaluation and 50 per cent marks based on performance in the previous semester. Yet, the state government does not have any authority to frame rules over the institutes which directly come under the purview of the UGC.
The Karnataka government has advised CHRIST (Deemed-to-be-University) not to conduct online examinations for intermediate semesters. In a letter to CHRIST, the State Higher Education Department asked the institution to promote the students based on the grading system. “It is brought to the notice of the government that the Christ (Deemed-to-be-University), Bangalore, is conducting intermediate semester/year examinations.
You are therefore advised not to conduct examinations for intermediate semester/year and promote students based on grading system consisting of 50% marks for internal evaluation and 50% marks for the performance in the previous semester,” the letter read.
Days back, the Karnataka government had announced that the intermediate semester students pursuing degree and post-graduation courses including engineering and diploma courses for the academic year 2019-2020 will be promoted without examinations.
The order, however, stood valid only for government and private universities under the purview of the Higher Education Department. CHRIST, however, is a deemed-to-be-university, guided by UGC regulations and guidelines, which is also facing strong opposition from students. The UGC had asked the universities to complete the examinations by September 2020.
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