University Grants Commission, UGC has released guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calendar for the Universities in view of COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. The academic session 2020-21 may commence from the 1st of August for old students and from the 1st of September for fresh students
The academic calendar and guidelines were issued in the presence of Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' on Wednesday.
The UGC constituted an expert committee to deliberate and make recommendations on the issues related to the examinations and the academic calendar to avoid academic loss and take appropriate measures for the future of students.
UGC: Important guidelines on exams and new academic calendar
1. Intermediate semester students will be graded based on internal assessment of the present and previous semester. In states where the Covid-19 situation has normalised, there will be exams in the month of July.
2. The exams for terminal semester students will be held in the month of July.
3. A Covid-19 cell will be constituted in every university which will be empowered to solve the issues of students related to academic calendar and examinations.
4. A Covid-19 cell in the UGC to be created for faster decision making.
5. Universities may conduct terminal/intermediate semester/year examinations in offline/ online mode.
6. The universities may conduct the practical examinations and Viva-Voce Examinations through Skype or other meeting apps.
7. Universities may follow a 6-day week pattern.
8. Universities may adopt efficient and innovative modes of examinations by reducing the time from 3 hours to 2 hours.
9. Period of lockdown may be treated as 'deemed to be attended' by all the students/ research scholars.
10. Extension of six months period to the MPhil or PhD students.