UGC Details Exam Guidelines for 2020 Amid COVID-19 in India
As per recent guidelines issued by University Grants Commission (UGC), universities will conduct all final year examinations by September 30.
The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) released by UGC on Wednesday, stated candidates have to maintain 2 metres of distance at the exam centres. Wearing gloves and masks is mandatory for invigilators.
Apart from this, the most striking inclusion is regarding students with cough, cold, fever as Coronavirus symptoms who will be given a separate schedule for attending exams. Such students are likely to be seated in separate rooms for writing their papers.
UGC sent letters to 40 central universities that inform new guidelines for conducting university exams. The SOP issued by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development vetted by the Ministry of Health.
It is reported that the revised guidelines were drafted based on suggestions from AICTE, Architecture Council and Bar Council of India.
Students coming from containment zones may face qualms of restrictions on movement. In such cases, UGC requested state governments to issue double travel passes even to the invigilators.
Exam functionaries have to submit self-declaration forms relating status on health and thermal gun checks for exam centre entrances. Functionaries failing self-declaration criteria and thermo-gun checks have to leave the exam centre immediately.
COVID-19 pandemic has created havoc for the current academic year and in this while, with the exclusive support of HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, UGC declared holding final year examinations.
Officials or staff involved in the exam process need to use the Aarogya Setu application on mobile phones. The SOP also mentions disinfecting floors, doors, walls, elevators, staircases, furniture and gates at exam centres.
Both liquid hand wash and sanitisers have to be adequately furnished at the exam venue. Crowds and gathering have to be avoided at the entrance and exit points. Additionally, records of students and exam functionaries have to be maintained for contact tracing in future.
For more details check: UGC Revised Official Notice on Academic Calendar and Final Year Examinations 2020