Following the suite of many other institutions, the Delhi University (DU) is considering the forfeiture of semester exams and discussing direct promotions. Read on to find out.
Senior University officials recently had a video conference with DU Vice Chancellor, Mr. Yogesh Tyagi. Various issues ranging from admissions to examinations were discussed. During the meeting two proposals were made by the officials to the Vice Chancellor. These included declaration of a summer vacation from 15th April to 15th May, so that the next session, i.e. 2020-21, can start in time. The other proposals recommended promoting 1st and 2nd year students without conducting semester examinations.
The officials said that among the students, freshers or first year students have the largest population followed by second year students. As conducting the examinations of all the students is difficult, so the first and second year students can be passed on the basis of promotions or on the basis of prior evaluations. If these steps are followed, it will not be a big challenge for the administration to conduct the examination of third year students.
This, however, is subject to the approval of the Vice Chancellor. These suggestions have come from discussions and deliberations between senior officials as well as professors of the varsity, but the final decision has to be taken by the VC. Thus only the passage of time will clear this fog over DU examinations for students who already are struggling to keep up with the online classes and assignments.
DU has postponed the application process for M.Phil. and Ph.D., including graduates, masters, starting in the first week of April in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to this, DU has also postponed the School of Open Learning, regular college and non-collegiate women’s board examinations until further notice.
IIT Mumbai and IIT Kharagpur have declared summer vacation after their lockdown due to corona. Apart from this prominent institutions like Aligarh Muslim University, Gujarat Technological University, Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Rajasthan University and Central University of Kashmir, either postponed or put the examinations on hold.
Additionally, Symbiosis International (Deemed University) has cancelled all of its exams citing the coronavirus pandemic.
Various entrance examinations like National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), Services Selection Board (SSB) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) have also been postponed or put on hold.
With inputs from Hindustan Dainik.
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