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UGC final year exam 2020: Govt allows universities to hold examinations, says 'they are compulsory'

Earlier, there were reports that UGC considering advising colleges and universities to cancel their final year examinations (Hindustan Times)Premium
Earlier, there were reports that UGC considering advising colleges and universities to cancel their final year examinations (Hindustan Times)

  • Various examinations conducted by universities and higher education institutions in the country have been suspended since March
  • The ministry said the end-of-term examinations are compulsory according to UGC guidelines

The central government today has allowed the colleges and universities to hold the final year examinations for students amid coronavirus outbreak. In a statement, Union ministry of home affairs said it has sent a letter to the Union higher education Secretary permitting universities and institutions to conduct examinations.

The ministry said the end-of-term examinations are compulsory according to University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines. "The final Term Examinations are to be compulsorily conducted as per the UGC Guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calendar for the Universities; and as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) approved by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare," the letter mentioned.

Various examinations conducted by universities and higher education institutions in the country have been suspended since March in the light of coronavirus pandemic. There were reports that UGC considering advising colleges and universities to cancel their final year examinations and semester examinations in the wake of COVID-19 cases.

Earlier, a UGC panel had recommended that final year examinations could be held in July. The panel suggested that intermediate semester students could be graded based on internal assessment or examinations where possible. UGC panel had also recommended that the new academic year begin on August 1 for the second and third year students, and September 1 for the first year students.

The central government earlier postponed the JEE and NEET 2020 examinations amid COVID-19 outbreak. "Keeping in mind the safety of students and to ensure quality education, we have decided to postpone JEE and NEET examinations," Pokhriyal said.

The JEE examination will be held between September 1 to 6, JEE advanced examination will be held on September 27 and NEET examination will be held on September 13.

However, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had cancelled some board exam papers scheduled from July 1 to 15. The move came after group of parents moved the Supreme Court raising concerns about COVID-19 risk to students.

The Centre ordered to shut the schools, colleges and universities and other academic institutions during the first phase of coronavirus lockdwon in March. Several economic activities have started in 'Unlock 1' and 'Unlock 2', barring containment zones. However, educational institutions have been asked to shut their gates till the end of the month to curb the virus spread.

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