Odisha Final Semester UG/PG exams cancelled, HED to adopt alternative method for evaluation
The Higher Education Department(HED) of Odisha on June 11th has decided to cancel both theory and practical exams of the End Semester 2020 for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.
This decision will be incorporated among all the state and autonomous universities under the jurisdiction of the department. The decision was made looking into the current crisis because of the nationwide outbreak of Coronavirus.
The Department in its announcement has said that they will follow the UGC guidelines and will mark the students based on an alternative evaluation, and the results will be declared by the end of August 2020.
According to the process, the department has decided to consider the weightage of internal marks along with the average marks obtained in all the previous semesters/years for the respective subjects for the evaluation.
The announcement has also mentioned that if students believe that they can score more than the alternative method of evaluation, universities and autonomous colleges will then conduct exams for them in November 2020, for which the results will be declared by December 2020.
This alternative method will not be applicable for the universities who have already conducted their exams before coronavirus lockdown.
The government statement added that if a student has two back papers, they will also not appear in the exams. Proportionate quotient or any other method will be adapted for the evaluation. But, for the final year students, who have two back papers have to appear for the exams. Universities will come up with the revised schedule for this purpose.
Higher Education Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo chaired the meeting, while the Vice Chancellors of state public universities and Principals of autonomous colleges attended the meeting.
Earlier, the state government decided to conduct the Sixth Semester UG exams and Plus III Final Year Exams from June 20 to July 24, 2020, similarly, the Final Year PG Exams were scheduled from August 20.