Students are awaiting a uniform decision on the final year of the semester exam. Recently, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank also asked the UGC to “revise” its guidelines on the conduct of the exams and the next academic calendar in the light of the COVID-19 cases. The health and safety of students, as pointed out by the Minister, is the foundation for the revised guidelines. The health and safety of students, as pointed out by the Minister, is the basis for the revised guidelines. However, the recommendations have not been released to date.
Today, however, the Ministry of Home Affairs, in a letter to the Union Higher Education Secretary, has allowed university and institution examinations to take place. Final term examinations shall be carried out compulsively in accordance with the UGC Guidelines for University Examinations and Academic Calendars; and in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedure ( SOP) approved by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of the Union.
Issuing the guidelines at the end of April, the UGC allowed universities to conduct semester exams in July, both on-line and offline, on the basis of the feasibility and the COVID-19 scenario. It also asked the varsities to reduce the duration of the examination from three hours to two hours. The fee stated that the final semester college exams will be held in July. It is advisable that intermediate semester college students should be tested either on the premises of an internal assessment or on the premises where the COVID-19 scenario has been standardized.
The UGC demanded that the schools take a tag, whether or not to perform online or offline tests, with a view to maintaining a program of assistance that can be accessed with them and providing a fair alternative to all college students.
It had additionally stated that in case the scenario doesn’t seem to be regular in view of COVID-19, the protection and well being of scholars be prioritized and their grading might be composite of 50 % marks on the premise of inner analysis and the remaining 50 % marks can be awarded on the premise of efficiency within the earlier semester.