The secretary of the University Grants Commission (UGC), Rajnish Jain, on Thursday, said that conducting the final year examinations for graduation or post-graduation courses was very important but the safety of students was its prime concern. It, however, decided to advice all the states, that they should conduct exams for final year students by September end.
“Universities and colleges can opt to conduct exams through online, offline or blended mode. Guidelines for the conduct of exams have been issued on the basis of the Standard Operating Procedure suggested by the Health Ministry. All states should conduct exams for final year students,” UGC Secretary Prof Rajnish Jain was quoted saying this to a news agency.
This Monday, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, shared a report of a committee set up to deliberate suggestions regarding the issue related to examinations and academic calendar. The committee recommended that the terminal semester/final years examination be conducted by the universities/institutions by the end of September 2020 in offline (pen/paper), online, blended (online+offline) mode. It has also been advised that the universities resort to simple ways to conduct exams so that the process can be completed in a shorter period of time.
The recommendations were very suggestive in nature and that the universities could adjust as per their requirements and convenience. The decision was welcomed by several heads of universities and institutions. Also, the statement laid to rest the speculations that the final year exams are going to be cancelled due to the prevailing conditions.
Amid the COVID-19 scare the students have majorly been at the suffering side. Everything now lies in so much uncertainty. The safety of the students is of prime concern but so is their future. Nothing between the two can be compromised.
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