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UGC panel recommends online exams for varsities

April 27, 2020

The academic session in universities and higher educational institutions can be started from September instead of July due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, a panel appointed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) has recommended. Two committees were constituted by the UGC to look into the issues of academic loss and online education.

One of the committees led by Haryana University Vice-Chancellor RC Kuhad was formed to look into the ways of conducting exams in universities amid the lockdown and work on an alternate academic calendar. The second committee, to suggest measures to improve online education, was led by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) V-C Nageshwar Rao. Both the panels submitted their reports on Friday.

A source said, “One panel has recommended that the academic session be started from September than July. The second panel has suggested that universities should conduct online exams if they have the infrastructure and means or wait for the lockdown to get over and then decide a date for pen-and-paper examinations.”

According to HRD Ministry officials, two reports will now be studied and official guidelines in this regard are expected to be notified by next week. “It is not binding that all the recommendations will be accepted. After deliberating on the feasibility issues and keeping the situation in mind, guidelines will be issued,” an official said.

Another hurdle in starting the academic session is the delay in conducting entrance examinations as well as the pending board exams, the panel has pointed out. “As of now the plan is to conduct entrance examinations like NEET and JEE in June. But it is extremely important to keep reviewing the COVID-19 situation,” the official added.

Source: PTI

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