The University Grants Commission (UGC) is expected to release on final year exams and a new academic calendar anytime soon. Reports say the final year exams in universities and other institutes, which were to be conducted in the month of July, will most probably be cancelled in the wake of ongoing coronavirus outbreak and the new session/semester will begin in October.
MHA has instructed all schools and colleges to remain closed till July 31 in its latest guidelines. Union Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has asked UGC to review its guidelines and academic calendar due to increasing number of coronavirus cases in India. On June 24, the Press Trust of India (PTI) said that the revised guidelines should be announced by UGC within the week.
The Gujarat government had earlier announced that exams would be conducted in state-owned facilities and proper social distancing shall be followed. However, this decision was reversed hours after being announced due to the orders given by the Union HRD Ministry. In the meantime, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan have cancelled examinations of all university students. They will be graded based on their previous performance.
राज्य सरकार ने कोरोना महामारी के संक्रमण की स्थिति के मद्देनजर इस वर्ष प्रदेश के सभी विश्वविद्यालयों, महाविद्यालयों और तकनीकी शिक्षण संस्थानों में स्नातक और स्नातकोत्तर पाठ्यक्रमों की परीक्षाएं नहीं कराने का निर्णय लिया है।
निवास पर एक उच्च स्तरीय बैठक में यह निर्णय लिया गया।
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) July 4, 2020
CM @capt_amarinder Singh postpones exams for Exit classes in all universities of state till July 15 amid concerns by students & parents over safe conduct of exams amid #Covid_19 pandemic. But makes it clear that final decision on the subject will depend on new #UGCGuidelines pic.twitter.com/2yG7GaXgJK
— CMO Punjab (@CMOPb) June 28, 2020
A panel has been put together by UGC to revise its guidelines and the academic calendar, are in the process of making appropriate changes. This panel is led by R.C. Kuhad, the vice-chancellor at Haryana University. Students and parents alike are hoping for the exams to be cancelled altogether.
— Anwesha (@anweshasahoo2) July 3, 2020
I don't know why @ugc_india is taking so much time to release new guidelines. Does the Kuhad committee acknowledges why students and their families want exams to be cancelled. Please listen to student voices before any decision.@DrRPNishank #NoExamsInCovid @ashokgehlot51
— Yomesh Paliwal (@paliwal_yomesh) July 2, 2020
Year 2020-21 is practically a Zero Academic Year in India now.
Govt must accept it and take decisions accordingly.
Reduce school, college, Univ fee by 50% at least.
Plan for entrance exams through online / remote-proctored methods.
Accept the inevitable and move on.
— Sandeep Manudhane (@sandeep_PT) July 4, 2020