MHRD and UGC in a meeting said that the new session in universities and colleges will reopen in November across the country.
Universities and Colleges New Session will begin from November
Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the universities and colleges are closed since March. The pandemic has duly affected the academics this year. However, in a meeting UGC, Mangal Bhavan, under the chairmanship of MHRD Ramesh Pokriyal Nishank, it was decided that the new session in universities and colleges will begin from November across the country.
Also, MHRD Nishank added that the universities will continue their admission procedures until the JEE mains and NEET 2020 results are out. This will make sure that the students don’t waste their year. The pandemic has already caused a lot of delays in the procedure. It should not further affect the education of the students.
Open Book Learning Schools
Open Book Learning Schools will begin from 15th August at Delhi University. The final year examinations are being postponed until August. The exams were to begin on July 10. The decision was passed after the UGC released its revised guidelines on examinations and academic year.
The decision of postponing exams came after UGC released its guidelines on the conduction of final year examinations. The guidelines allowed the universities, colleges, and educational institutions to hold examinations by any mode. The exams can be online, offline, or blended mode, depending upon the suitability and feasibility of students. The universities and colleges are required to conduct the final year examinations till 30 September.
If any student fails to appear in the examinations due to the prevailing pandemic situation special exams will be conducted for such students. Many states have already declared the cancellation of examinations for promoting students. The UGC has asked such states to reconsider their decision and necessarily apply the UGC revised guidelines to all the states.
Prof. Rajneesh Jain, Secretary of UGC said, “The examinations give credibility to the evaluation of students for a lifetime. From the examination itself, he will get the degree, due to which he will take further admission or take placements”.
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