The University Grants Commission has suggested all the educational institutions to hold the final semester exams by the end of September 2020. UGC hasn’t supported the decision of cancelling final year semester exams for the graduating students. During a meeting organized on 6th July 2020, the UGC regulator made this announcement. He said that the final semester exams can be organized in online, offline, or combined modes.
In the recently released press notice, UGC made this decision on advising the universities to hold the final year exams. Intending the academic credibility, future development of students, and worldwide career options, the UGC made this decision.
The notice further reads, ‘Academic evaluation is a very important milestone in every education system. The performance in examinations gives confidence and satisfaction to the students and is a reflection of competence, performance, and credibility that is necessary for global acceptability.’
As per the latest news, the concerned officials will conduct a special exam after September. Those who take part in the final semester exam must write the special exam. The final year students with 1 or more backlogs will be mandatorily assessed through the exam. Later, the Home Ministry released an official press statement directing all the educational institutions must hold exams. The statement also reads that the final semester exams must be conducted without fail as per the guidelines of UGC.
On Monday, the UGC regulator organized a meeting to review the indicative alternative calendar. This calendar was earlier issued on 29th April for the higher educational institutions. As per the previous calendar, the universities can hold the final semester exams between 1st and 15th July 2020. Later, the results can be declared by the end of July 2020. But now, the schedule has been changed due to the continuous spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
The HRD Ministry asked the UGC to reassess the academic calendar and the guidelines on exams for the universities due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. After the reconsideration, the UGC had postponed the exams to September 2020. The commission considered the recommendations of the Kuhad committee regarding the exams. Finally, the UGC made the aforementioned decisions based on the suggestions given by the Kuhad committee.
As per the news from the potential sources, the Kuhad committee also advised commencement of the new academic session for UG and PG students in the 1st week of November and December 2020 respectively. However, this proposal wasn’t discussed during the meeting on Monday. Get to know the latest educational news on this website.