Final Year Exams Likely To Be Reconsidered, UGC To Review Guidelines

The University Grants Commission will be reviewing guidelines for examinations and re-assessing the academic calendar for 2020.

Earlier in May 2020, University Grants Commission (UGC) had released guidelines offering alternatives to intermediate students for this semester. Final year students, however, were expected to appear for online Open Book Examinations.

In recent developments, exams for final year students in universities and higher education institutions are likely to be cancelled in wake of the rising COVID-19 cases, and the commencement of the new session is likely to be deferred to October. UGC is expected to release revised comprehensive guidelines by later this week. This development comes after Hon’ble Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ asked UGC to revisit the guidelines issued earlier for intermediate and terminal examinations, and the academic calendar.

The expert committee, according to a report by NDTV, is of the view that the examinations due in July in most universities, as per the revised academic calendar, be cancelled and marks for final examination be awarded based on the past performance of each student. Students who are not happy with the final marks being awarded to them based on previous examinations, can be given a chance to improvise their scores by taking examinations later when the pandemic subsides. The ministry has made it clear that the foundation for the revisited guidelines shall be the health and safety of students and teaching staff.

Student bodies like SFI, NSUI and DUTA (Delhi University Teachers Association) have welcomed the reported recommendation by the UGC Committee headed by Prof. Kuhad.

DUTA has been opposing Delhi University’s decision to hold OBE (Open Book Examination) as it is discriminatory towards a large section of students and erodes the sanctity of the examination process. The DUTA’s position stands vindicated with this announcement and is a victory for the collective efforts of students and teachers who have been protesting against the OBE.

Rajib Ray, DUTA President
The Press Release circulated by DUTA.

Throughout these two months, students of Delhi University had been pushing OBE and online mode of examinations. They carried out massive online protests with #DUAgainstOnlineExamination and #EducationWithoutExclusion trending via Twitter storms. This recommendation by UGC-MHRD comes as a relief while final year students await a final notice by the administration.

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Aishwaryaa Kunwar