West Bengal Govt Asks State Universities to Conduct Final Semester Exams In October. The West Bengal government asked state universities to conduct final semester college and university examinations between October 1 and 18.
A senior official of higher education department, who attended a virtual meeting between Vice-Chancellors and Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said that it was decided that the final semester exams should completed between October 1-18 in the backdrop of a Supreme Court order
The Supreme Court had said that states and universities cannot promote students without holding final-year exams by September 30. However, a state has to approach UGC if it cannot conduct exams by September 30, the apex court had said.
The modalities of the exams, online or offline following COVID-19 protocols, would be decided by the university concerned in consultation with stakeholders, the official said.
The CM of West Bengal slammed the Centre over its decision to conduct JEE and NEET 2020 exams in September. She also said that the adamant approach of the Union Government would add to the COVID-19 woes. “We are not against any exam; we are just saying that a pandemic is on, and it could put lives of students at risk,” said Mamata Banerjee while addressing a rally of Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad on August 28, 2020
It was also decided in the meeting that final semester results for arts and science streams of Jadavpur University, and the Presidency University of Bengal that had been released based on 80:20 assessment, would not stay valid and these two universities would have to conduct the exams as well. These universities including many others had broadly followed the July 6, 2020 advisory of the higher education department on evaluation and 80:20 pattern of previous semester performance.
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