Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ had directed the University Grants Commission (UGC) to suitably alter the university guidelines for the academic calendar and semester exams in view of the Covid-19 conditions. An expert committee set up by UGC and led by Haryana University Vice-chancellor R. C. Kuhad is expected to release its report with alternate options within a week.
The minister had asked UGC to change its guidelines for intermediate and final semester exams and the academic calendar keeping in view of the students’ health and safety. As per government officials, the expert committee may cancel the exams to be conducted by most universities in July as earlier decided and the students will be awarded marks based on their previous academic performance. The students will also be provided with an option to improve their marks later on after normalcy returns by taking physical examinations.
The start of new academic sessions may most likely be pushed to October as against the earlier decided dates from August for already enrolled students and September for new admissions. The Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA), students’ bodies like NSUI and SFI have also welcomed the recommendations for cancelling the final semester exams as well as praised the minister’s directive to UGC for academic calendar revisions.
The DUTA also requests the Delhi University (DU) to scrap its proposed Open Book Examination (OBE) immediately and to take the concerned 4 lakh students out of undue pressure of the uncertain exams in these testing times.
States like Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have cancelled all their university examinations and student will be awarded marks based on their past academic performances
Earlier UGC had issued its altered academic calendar in April stating that intermediate semester students will be awarded marks based on the marks of their internal assessment in the present and previous semesters whereas for final semester students the exams will be conducted in July. In states where the condition of Corona virus was nuetralised, intermediate students will also have exams in July.
Since the national lockdown was declared on March 24, all colleges and schools have remained closed in the country keeping in view the health and safety of the students as the most important aspect.