UGC guidelines

Revised UGC Guidelines will be released in two days

“When will the revised guidelines of UGC be released?” This question has created a bustle over on the internet. The students have been longing to get clarity over their examinations. Some states have already decided not to conduct exams considering the prevailing pandemic situation. While others have not made any statement regarding the conduction of examinations. The University Grants Commission is still to issue an official notification in this regard. Students are now expecting a consistent decision regarding the final year evaluation.

Recently the Union MHRD Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank intervened into the matter. He has also asked the UGC to “revisit” its guidelines on the conduction of examinations. And the next academic calendar in the middle of the pandemic situation. The revisited guidelines of the University Grants Commission will be completely based on the health and safety of students, as highlighted by the minister.

But the question still triggering is when the guidelines will be issued. And for how long the students will have to wait for it. A source has confirmed that the UGC will be releasing its guidelines in the next 1-2 days. This would probably end the wait of thousands and lakhs of students who are in turmoil right now.

If we look back at April, the higher education regulator issued some guidelines that conferred the admission for the next session to be completed until August. And the classes will continue to run normally from September. Also, the guidelines allowed the universities to choose their mode of examinations. But considering the hike in the cases of COVID-19 in the past few months the notice was taken back.

PREVIOUS UGC GUIDELINES:

  1. April end guidelines were issues. The UGC allowed the universities to conduct semester exams in the month of July. They allowed the universities to choose the mode of conduction of examinations, depending upon the possibility amid of COVID-19 situation. It also asked the universities to reduce the time duration of the exams. It was reduced from 3 hours to 2 hours.
  2. The commission conferred that the exams for final semester students will be conducted in July. It suggested that the 1st and the 2nd year students will either be promoted on the basis of the internal assessment or by conducting examinations in states where the situation has normalized.
  3. The UGC asked the universities whether they want to conduct exams online or offline keeping in view the support system available with them and ensuring fair opportunity is ascertained to all the students. 
  4. It also said that in case the situation does not appear to be normal in the prevailing pandemic, the safety, and health of students to be given the 1st priority. And their grading could be composite of 50 percent marks of internal evaluation and the remaining 50 percent marks can be awarded on the basis of performance in the previous semester. 
  5. “The situation where previous semester or previous year marks are not available, particularly in the first year of an annual pattern of examinations, 100 percent evaluation may be done on the basis of internal assessments. The internal evaluation can be continuous evaluation, prelims, mid-semester, internal evaluation, or whatever name is given for student progression.”
  6. The UGC had said if the students wish to improve their grades, he or she may appear in special exams for such subjects during the next semester.

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