On 28th May 2020, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank conducted a “Live Webinar” with various Higher Educational Institutes and their heads. Talking about one of the most pressing issues now, that whether to conduct the final year end-semester exams or not. Union HRD Minister said that the exams will surely be conducted.
“If the situation does not improve by July, then new dates or modes will be adopted, but the exam will surely be conducted for final year students. “Final exam to honge hi”(will definitely take place),” said the Union HRD Minister Pokhriyal during the live webinar.
The live interaction with the Higher Institutes across India was also joined by the chairpersons of NAAC and UGC.
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The HRD Minister also commented on the first-year and second-year students examinations too. “First-year students will be promoted to next year on basis of Internal Assessment, while second-year students will be awarded marks on basis of their present sem internal assessment(50%) and previous years’ marks(50%). This arrangement is effective only for those areas where it is difficult to conduct the online exam, considering the safety of students,” said the Union HRD Minister.
Students across India have been opposing regarding final-year exams, by claiming the lack of infrastructure, incomplete syllabus completion and also their safety.
UGC had also suggested universities to opt for online mode examination. “But Most Universities/Institutes lack the infrastructure to conduct the exam on a large scale,” as claimed by students. Also, students have complained that more delay in exams will cause a delay in their results, which will ultimately affect their job joinings.
As final exams will happen, Minister of Home Affairs has also suggested that students can reach out to UGC’s COVID-19 task force which is set up to solve student grievances. Every University and Institute has also been asked to set up their own task force to resolve the student’s grievances. Students can approach their college regarding any issues.
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Also note, according to UGC guidelines, already enrolled students regular batches will commence from August and the new batches will start from September.
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