University Grants Commission along with Ministry of Human Resource Development has released the ‘Standard Operating Procedure’ for conducting the final year or end-semester exams. The SOP was constructed and released by the Commission within two days after the release of the UGC revised guidelines.
The letter issued by UGC states that the SOP is constructed for the conduct of examination with measures to be taken in view of the COVID19 situation. SOP follows the revised guidelines issued by UGC on July 6 where it was decided that the end semester examination would be conducted by September 30, 2020, in pen n paper mode, online mode, or blended mode.
The UGC said that the exams can be held via offline that includes physical appearance of the students or through the online or blended mode following the prescribed protocols and guidelines related to COVID-19 pandemic.
The newly revised guidelines, reads that UGC this month has issued revised guidelines on examinations and academic calendar for the universities in view of COVID-19 Pandemic.
Moreover, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has also issued instructions for conduct of examinations wherein a detailed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) was formulated for conduct of examinations with measures to be taken in view of the ongoing situation, duly vetted by the Ministry of Health and Family welfare.
UGC in the guidelines said, “In view of the emerging situation related to COVID-19 pandemic in India, it is important to safeguard the principles of health, safety, fair and equal opportunity for students. At the same time, it is very crucial to ensure academic credibility, career opportunities and future progress of students globally.”
It further reads that the academic evaluation of students is very important milestone in any education system. “The performance in examinations gives confidence and satisfaction to the students and is a reflection of competence, performance and credibility that is necessary for global acceptability,” UGC said.
“The universities are required to complete the examinations by the end of September in offline, online or blended mode following the prescribed protocols guidelines related to COVID-19 pandemic.”
Stating the provision of examination through special chance, UGC said, “In case a student of terminal semester or final year is unable to appear in the examination conducted by the University for whatsoever the reasons may be given opportunity to appear in special examinations for such courses or papers.”
“It may be conducted by the university when feasible, so that the student is not put to any inconvenience or disadvantage. The provision shall be applicable only for the current academic session 2019-20 as a one-time measure,” it reads.
UGC said that the backlog of papers in respect of terminal semesters or final year students should compulsorily be evaluated by conducting examinations in offline, online or blended mode as per feasibility and suitability.
“The guidelines regarding intermediate semester or year examinations will remain unchanged as notified in the previous guidelines,” it reads.