NEW DELHI: An UGC has recommended to the government to cancel the final year exams in universities and institutes of higher education across India and evaluating them according to the previous semester examinations and internal assessments instead.
The committee is composed of higher education regulators and aims to propose other methods for evaluating college students after the Covid-19 pandemic, which has led to large-scale disruptions in schools and universities.
The panel led by RC Kuhad, vice-chancellor of Haryana University, stated that due to the revised academic calendar, most universities which were supposed to hold final exams in July, will not be held as this may cause lakhs of students in risk, Officials in the HRD ministry told The New Indian Express.
Therefore, it is recommended to cancel the exam and infer the final exam score based on each student’s past performance.
The committee also said that students who were not satisfied with their previous test scores could take the test after the pandemic subsided to improve their marks.
Officials added that based on these recommendations, the UGC is expected to release comprehensive guidelines for higher education institutions later this week.
These recommendations are intended to guide more than 40 central universities and hundreds of state, private, and deemed to be universities.
The UGC Panel of Experts also recommended that the new session in August originally planned for old students in July and the new batch of courses in August should be postponed to October.
These suggestions were made after the pandemic when technical institutions such as Indian Institutes of Technology were considering starting new meetings only in online mode.
The source said that personal information technology has asked the HRD ministry to grant Ph.D. students to campus, and B Tech and M Tech students are required to stick to the online learning model.