New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: The revised guidelines for the final-semester and final year university exams and admission process for the universities across the country is likely to be announced by the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Thursday (today). However, the UGC has made no official announcement regarding the date of the declaration of the new guidelines. 

The UGC is expected to cancel the examinations amid calls to defer the exams as students' and teachers' bodies from across the country are demanding that the final-semester and final year exams should be cancelled in view of the coronavirus pandemic, which has afflicted over 6 lakh people in the country.  

The UGC decided to announce the revised guidelines for final year exams after the Union Human Resource Development Ministry (HRD) asked the UGC to reconsider the guidelines it had earlier issued for conducting the examination and starting a new academic session.

The Union HRD Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ in a tweet last week, however, had hinted at conducting the final year exams with new guidelines focusing at safety and health concerns. He had tweeted, “I have advised the @ugc_india to revisit the guidelines issued earlier for intermediate and Terminal Semester examinations and academic calendar. The foundation for revisited guidelines shall be health and safety students, teachers and staff.”

 

Earlier in April, the UGC had issued guidelines for the exams and admission process for the universities. The UGC had said asked the universities to conduct exams of final year and final semester students in July. The guidelines also said that students of intermediate semesters should be promoted on the basis of their internal assessment and performance in the previous semester exam.

However, in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many states have called for the cancellation of university exams. Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray in June first week announced that the universities in the state will not be conducting any final year exams and will promote the students based on their past performance.

 

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister also said that the state will decide about the cancellation of the university level exams on July 2.

In its guidelines for Unlock 2.0 on June 29, the Ministry of Home Affairs also announced that all the educational institutions across the country will remain closed till July 31

With cases of coronavirus infection increasing at an unprecedented rate across the country, students have been demanding for cancellation of exams due to safety concerns.

In April, the UGC had formed two committees to look into the issues of academic loss and online education. One committee, which was led by Haryana University Vice-Chancellor RC Kuhad, was asked to look into the ways of conducting exams in universities amid the lockdown and work on an alternate academic calendar.

On the other hand, the second committee, under Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) V-C Nageshwar Rao, was tasked to suggest measures to improve online education.

Posted By: Talib Khan