NEW DELHI: The University Grants Commission (UGC) on July 6 released a revised guidelines on examinations and academic calendar for the universities in view of COVID-19 pandemic. In its guideline, the UGC has indicated that the university exams in the country may be completed by September in online or offline modes.
The UGC has released the revised guideline based on the recommendations suggested by the expert committee. The statement released by the UGC reads, “In continuation to earlier Guidelines issued on 29.04.2020 and based on the Report of the Expert Committee, the UGC Revised Guidelines on Examination and Academic Calendar for the Universities in view of COVID-19 Pandemic were also approved by the Commission in its emergent meeting held on 6th July 2020.”
The Commission further said that while it was important to safeguard principles of health, safety and equal opportunities, it was also very important to ensure academic credibility, career opportunities and future progress of students.
“The Commission approved the recommendations of the Expert Committee regarding the conduct of terminal semester(s)/ final year(s) examinations by the universities/ institutions to be completed by the end of September 2020 in offline (pen & paper online/ blended (online + offline) mode,” it added.
The UGC also said that if required it would also issue relevant details related to admissions and academic calendar in the universities and colleges. UGC asked the students to adopt its latest guidelines and complete the terminal semester or final year exams accordingly.
Here are some of key information from the UGC Revised Guideline:
What will be the mode of Terminal Semester/ Final Year Exams 2019-20?
The universities are asked to complete the examinations by the end of September, 2020 in offline (pen & paper) or online or blended (online + offline) mode. The exams will be conducted following the prescribed protocols/ guidelines related to COVID-19 pandemic.
What if a student fails to appear for the final year exam conducted by the university?
In case a student of terminal semester/ final year is unable to appear in the examination conducted by the University for whatsoever the reason(s) may be, he/she may be given opportunity to appear in special examinations for such course(s)/ paper(s), which may be conducted by the university as and when feasible, so that the student is not put to any inconvenience/ disadvantage. The above provision shall be applicable only for the current academic session 2019-20 as a one-time measure.
Will there be exams for backlog papers also?
Yes, the students of terminal semester/ final year students having backlog should compulsorily be evaluated by conducting examinations in offline (pen & paper)/ online/blended (online + offline) mode as per feasibility and suitability.
What is the update about intermediate semester/ year examinations?
As per UGC, the guidelines regarding intermediate semester/ year examinations will remain unchanged as notified on 29th April, 2020.
Will UGC release separate guidelines for admissions and academic calendar?
The UGC said that if need be, it will release relevant details pertaining to the Admissions and Academic Calendar in the universities and colleges separately in place of those mentioned in the earlier guidelines issued on 29th April, 2020.