The Uttar Pradesh government will take the decision on whether to hold the university exams or not on July 2. Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, who also holds the higher education portfolio said, “The UGC will issue guidelines by July 1. The UP government will follow these and announce its decision on July 2.”
According to sources, the four-member committee appointed by the government to discuss these issues has “strongly” recommended against holding examinations during the coronavirus pandemic. The committee headed by Meerut University Vice Chancellor A.K. Taneja and comprising the Vice Chancellors of three more state universities has submitted its report recommending that exams should be cancelled. If the government accepts the committee’s recommendation, then about 48 lakh students would be promoted.
Meanwhile, the Lucknow University has already announced that it will begin examinations from July 7 and various student groups have been protesting against the decision. After Unlock 1.0, some universities issued fresh date sheets but the move was strongly opposed by both students and teachers.
On the other hand, schools, colleges and educational institutions will remain closed till July 31, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) annkunced on Monday, June 29, 2020. As per the new guidelines, which will come into effect from July 1, the decision is based on the feedback received from States and UTs, and consultations held with related Central Ministries and Departments.
The MHA guidelines read, “Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed till 31 July, 2020. Online/distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.”
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