Final Year University Exams Will Be Held By End of September, Says UGC in Revised Guidelines

The University Grants Commission will not recommend cancellation of the final year or final semester examination, the higher education authority decided in a meeting held on Monday. The End-of-Term Semester or Year Exams were postponed in the light of COVID 19 outbreak in the country. Universities and colleges will be advised to assess the graduating batch through an examination conducted in either offline (Pen and paper) or online or blended (online + offline) mode.


Those students who have any backlog papers should compulsorily be evaluated by offline or online examination as per their 'feasibility and suitability'. If any final year students who are unable to appear for these examination will be given the opportunity to appear for special examination which will conducted later.


The Commission in its emergent meeting held on July 6, 2020 accepted the report of the committee and approved the 'UGC Revised Guidelines on Examination and Academic Calender for the Universities of COVID 19 Pandemic'.


The UGC guidelines are given below:


1. Mode of Terminal Semester/ Final Year Examinations (2019-20)The universitiesare required to complete the examinations by the end of September, 2020in offline (pen  & paper)/ online/blended (online + offline) mode following the prescribed protocols/ guidelines related to COVID-19 pandemic.


2. Provision of Examination through Special ChanceIn case a student of terminal semester/ final year is unable to appear in the examination conducted by the University for whatsoever the reason(s) may be, he/she may be given opportunity to appear in special examinations for such course(s)/ paper(s), which may be conducted by the university  as and when  feasible, so that the student is not put to any inconvenience/ disadvantage. The above provision shall be applicable only for the current academic session 2019-20 as a one-time measure.


3. Backlog of Papers in Respect of Terminal Semester(s)/Final Year Students The students of terminal semester/final year students having backlog should compulsorily be evaluated by conducting examinations in offline (pen & paper)/ online/ blended (online + offline) mode as per feasibility and suitability.


4. The guidelines regarding intermediate semester/year examinations will remain unchanged as notified on 29th April, 2020.


5. The relevant details, if need be, pertaining to the Admissions and Academic Calendar in the universities and colleges shall be issued separately in place of those mentioned in the earlier guidelines issued on 29th April, 2020.


6. Notwithstanding the above guidelines regarding conduct of examination and commencement of next academic session, every university/institution has to ensure that it is preparedin all respects to carry out the academic activities following necessary protocols/guidelines/directions/advisories issued by the Central/State Governments and MHRD/UGC from time to time,in view of COVID-19.


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