The University Grants Commission [UGC] organized a meeting on 27th April to discuss conducting admission exams for academic degree courses. The Government has appointed two expert committees to analyze the situation and submit recommendations on whether to conduct exams or not. Considering the current situation in the country amid the coronavirus outbreak, the UGC had initiated two committees earlier this month. One committee is about holding the admission tests for the degree students.
The committees will consider the consequence and provides required suggestions in preparing the academic calendar for 2020-21. The members of the committee also look for methods to promote online classes for the students. Several schools and universities across the nation have been shut since 16th March 2020 to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 crisis.
R C Kuhad, the Vice-Chancellor of the Haryana Central University directs the committee. They are asked to propose the new academic calendar for the next academics 2020-21. The committee has suggested conducting the common admission tests at the UG and PG levels. Further, as per the recommendations, the students may confront several problems in travelling to various test venues to take up the entrance tests. As there are travel restrictions across the nation, it is highly difficult for the students to attend the entrance exams.
The state and national level common entrance exams were already organized for professional degree courses. Kuhan Panel proposed common admission tests for the academic programmes currently. One of the officials of UGC said, ‘We cannot make anything compulsory. At best, we can advise institutions to pool resources to conduct common admission tests for as many academic programmes as possible in the interest of the students.’
The higher education officials might probably approve the suggestion given by Kuhad committee on postponing the commencement of new academic session by 2 months i.e., from mid-July to September 2020. Even, this committee has advised the conducting body to hold the final semester exams in July 2020. The first half of the month should be considered for holding the exam for the final year students while the second half of the month should be allotted for conducting intermediate year exams for the students.
As per the reports, the June month needs to be considered as a summer vacation for the students as the lockdown is still in execution. The Kuhad committee members have suggested the University conduct the admission process for higher education students in August 2020. As a result, the next academic year will commence in September 2020. Stay tuned to this website to get the latest updates about exam results various educational news.