New Delhi: On the advice of Union Human Resources Development Minister, the University Grants Commission (UGC) may advise the colleges and the universities to cancel their final year examinations and semester examinations in light of the increasing COVID-19 cases.
Human Resources Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Wednesday tweeted that he had advised the UGC to revisit its earlier guidelines on these issues. “The foundation for revisited guidelines shall be health and safety of students, teachers and staff,” he said.
The UGC may also recommend further delay in beginning the academic calendar, with the next session pushed to October, according to sources.
A UGC panel had recommended that final year examinations could be held in July, while intermediate semester students could be graded based on internal assessment or examinations where possible.
UGC regulates 945 universities in the country, including 53 Central universities. All educational institutions have been closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.