Universities in Bengaluru Baffled by September 30 Exam Deadline Set by UGC
Universities with affiliated colleges in Bengaluru are perplexed as to how to meet the 30 September deadline for examinations.
Recently, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had said that the examinations of all undergraduate and postgraduate students in their final year must be held by 30 September.
For Bangalore University, there are two challenges. They not only have to hold examinations for all students but also conduct them in face-to-face classes. This is nearly impossible as the hostel buildings at the Jnana Bharathi campus have been commandeered by the BBMP to be used as coronavirus care centres. Bangalore University (BU) has 296 affiliated colleges.
According to the vice-chancellor of BU, students will be at an overall disadvantage should they not take the examination. “The situation in Bengaluru is not conducive yet. It is ideal to wait a little longer instead of hurriedly holding exams,” he said.
Bengaluru North University, which has 240 affiliated colleges, tentatively plans to conduct three weeks of face-to-face classes by mid- August, if things return to normal. In such a scenario, the examinations would be held by the end of September, said the vice-chancellor of the university.
Autonomous colleges have their own calendars. Mount Carmel College will hold the semester-end examinations for undergraduate and postgraduate students online. Students can also choose to take the examinations later. The students themselves are apprehensive. “We are tested on subjects that were introduced to us 10 months ago, with a five-month gap between classes and exams,” said a private college student.
Bangalore University has also started accepting applications for the five-year BA LLB (Honours) degree course at the University Law College, Jnana Bharathi for the academic year 2020-21. To fill out the application form online, click here.
The applications have to be downloaded and submitted by 31 July to:
University Law College
Jnana Bharathi Campus