In a recent meeting, Human Resource Development Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank told the media about the final year exams of UG and PG and said that ‘his intention is to save the future of students from the corona. It is a question of the future of the students. HRD minister was responding to the opposition of some states for conducting final year exams of UG and PG. On this, he told that the UGC had formed a committee to conduct final year examinations. Many academics and experts were included in this committee. Based on the suggestions given by this committee, the guideline was also released by the UGC in this regard. Whereas, on request of all the people, the UGC has also released, revised guidelines again.
The HRD Minister also informed that the chancellors of about 90 per cent universities of the country have given their consent on this. He further said that the final year examination is necessary for the future of the students because by not taking the examination when a student will go for some job in future, people can see by seeing his mark sheet that this student is of Corona period and this is a student who passed without examination.
According to him, it is understandable that in view of the corona crisis, these exams should be postponed or further extended for some time, but there is no reason to cancel these exams altogether. Therefore final year examinations will be held in any case.
Highlights of the revised UGC guidelines
As you know, UGC has issued a Revised Guidelines on 06 July 2020. The salient features of these revised guidelines are as follows:
- University’s final year or terminal semester examinations will be held by 30 September. The institutes can also conduct these exams either offline or online in any mode as per their convenience.
- Final year students should be evaluated on the basis of this offline or online examination.
- If a student is not able to take the final year examination, then such student should be given the chance to participate in the special exam conducted by the concerned institute or university. This special examination can be conducted by the universities as per their convenience. But this system will be valid only for the 2019-2020 academic year.
- For the remaining BA First Year, BA Second Year, or First Semester or Second Semester examinations, the guidelines issued by the UGC on 29 April 2020 will be considered.