UGC issues revised guidelines for conduct of exams; Colleges to conduct online, offline exams by September


The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued revised guidelines regarding the conduct of terminal semesters and final year exams by Universities and educational institutions. 


The revision comes a day after the Union Ministry of Home Affairs issued an advisory stating that all colleges are to conduct pending exams by the end of September in online or offline modes.

Earlier on Monday, the Home Ministry had said that 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 and Family Welfare.”

According to the UGC guidelines, exams will be completed by the end of September this year, keeping in mind all the existing preventive measures and social distancing norms against the coronavirus pandemic.

Releasing a statement, the UGC said it accepted the recommendations suggested by the expert committee. 

"In continuation to earlier Guidelines issued on 29.04.2020 and based on the Report of the Expert Committee, the UGC Revised Guidelines on Examination and Academic Calendar for the Universities in view of COVID-19 Pandemic were also approved by the Commission in its emergent meeting held on 6th July 2020," the statement read.

The Commission further said that while it was important to safeguard principles of health, safety and equal opportunities, it was also very important to ensure academic credibility, career opportunities and future progress of students.

"The Commission approved the recommendations of the Expert Committee regarding the conduct of terminal semester(s)/ final year(s) examinations by the universities/ institutions to be completed by the end of September 2020 in offline (pen & paper online/ blended (online + offline) mode," it added.

The UGC also said that if required it would also issue relevant details related to admissions and academic calendar in the universities and colleges. 

It asked the students to adopt the latest guidelines and complete the terminal semester or final year exams accordingly

With inputs from Agency

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