Coronavirus Effect: UGC Directs Universities To Reschedule Exams, Evaluation Work
As there is rapid increase in Corona Virus cases in India , UGC has sprung into action and has asked all universities and affiliated colleges to postpone all ongoing examinations. The Commission has also directed to reschedule all evaluation work after March 31, 2020. The past few days have been quite eventful for students all over India. With the entry of COVID-19 or simply known as Coronavirus, the country (along with the rest of the world) has been thrown into a state of panic with the rising number of casualties. While India is currently situated in the initial stages of the pandemic, the government is trying their best to handle the situation and nip it in the bud. Since self isolation is the key to putting a hold to this virus, the government has directed all examinations to be postponed.
The preventive measures against coronavirus has been issued by UGC on March 5, 2020. In the wake of MHRD requesting all educational institutes to take adequate precautionary measures, UGC has asked all university examinations to be rescheduled after March 31.
The Commission has also asked educational institutes to maintain regular communication with the students and teachers through electronic means and keep them updated so that there is 'no anxiety amongst the students, teachers, and parents.'
UGC has also asked institutes to notify helpline numbers/emails on which students can post their queries.
Meanwhile, school education boards like CBSE and CISCE have postponed all examinations which were scheduled till March 31. CBSE has also suspended all board exam evaluation work till March 31.
The total number of coronavirus cases in India is at 169 on Thursday after 18 fresh cases were reported from various parts of the country, according to the Union Health Ministry.
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