UGC Revised Guidelines 2020 Released: MHA Permits Holding Final Year Exams
University Grants Commission (UGC) has released the revised guidelines on conducting university or college examinations for 2020 academic year. In view of COVID-19 pandemic, the latest notification on July 7, also presents the revised academic calendar for the current year
Even though the UGC guidelines were much awaited, states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab have cancelled all its college and university exams.
Gujarat Government stalled Medical/Dental University exams which were earlier slated to begin from July 6.
Union HRD Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal had released the notification through his Twitter account. The post read as “The UGC has revisited its earlier guidelines related to university examinations.
In view of the safety, career progression and placements of the students and their larger interests, after consulting @HMOIndia and @MoHFW_INDIA, it has been decided that Intermediate semester students will be evaluated based on internal assessment (as per earlier issued guidelines).
Evaluation of the terminal semester students which was to be done through examinations in the month of July, now their examinations will be conducted by the end of September-2020, following the guidelines laid down by @MoHFW_INDIA for #COVIDー19.”
As news about cancelling exams was doing the rounds, UGC’s new guidelines brought an end to it. Earlier, UGC recommended holding exams from July which has been pushed to end of September.
The revised guidelines have been drafted based on suggestions from AICTE, Architecture Council and Bar Council of India.
Expecting normalcy to rebound by September, this decision was made. Contrary to expectations of students to cancel exams, UGC guidelines remain unchanged for intermediate semester/year exams.
UGC Revised Examination Guidelines
The commission also directed colleges or universities to hold examinations through online, offline or blended methods as per their convenience.
For backlog examinations, UGC suggested online, offline or blended approaches to evaluate students as feasible for institutes.
The notice states, “In case a student of the terminal semester/ final year is unable to appear in the examination conducted by the University for whatsoever the reason(s) may be, he/she may be given an opportunity to appear in special examinations for such course(s)/ paper(s), which may be conducted by the university as and when feasible so that the student is not put to any inconvenience/ disadvantage.
The above provision shall be applicable only for the current academic session 2019-20 as a one-time measure.”
MHA Directs Colleges and Universities on Terminal Examinations
The Ministry of Home Affairs, India have permitted universities and colleges to hold examinations. However, the permission comes with added sets of guidelines earmarked by UGC through its revised guidelines.
The direction from MHA appears on a later date after about 6 of the Indian states have already ditched final year exams of colleges.
The MHA has requested educational institutes to follow UGC guidelines which have been approved by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).
An official statement by Ministry of Home Affairs reads, “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.”