UGC Panel Suggests Academics in Varsities From September With Online Exams if Possible

The panel appointed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) has recommended that the academic session in universities and higher educational institutions can be started from September instead of July in view of the COVID-19 situation in the country.

NEW DELHI: The academic session in universities and higher educational institutions can be started from September instead of July in view of the Covid-19 situation in the country, a panel appointed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) has recommended.

Two committees were constituted by the UGC which was led by Haryana University Vice-Chancellor RC Kuhad and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) V-C Nageshwar Rao to look into the issues of academic loss and online education in the wake of the lockdown in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. Haryana University Vice-Chancellor RC Kuhad was formed to look into the ways of conducting exams in universities and work on an alternate academic calendar. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) V-C Nageshwar Rao was formed to suggest measures to improve online education. Both the panels submitted their reports on Friday.

One panel has recommended that the academic session be started from September than July. The second panel has suggested that universities should conduct online exams if they have the infrastructure and means or wait for the lockdown to get over and then decide a date for pen-and-paper examinations

a source said

According to HRD Ministry officials, the two reports will now be studied and official guidelines in this regard are expected to be notified by next week.

It is not binding that all the recommendations will be accepted. After deliberating on the feasibility issues and keeping the situation in mind, guidelines will be issued

an official said

The panel has pointed out that another hurdle in starting the academic session is the delay in conducting entrance examinations as well as the pending board exams.

As of now the plan is to conduct entrance examinations like NEET and JEE in June. But it is extremely important to keep reviewing the Covid-19 situation

an official said

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has already announced that it will conduct pending board exams for only 29 subjects which are crucial for promotion and undergraduate admissions.

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