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In a letter to Union Higher education secretary, Home ministry has granted permission to conduct pending examinations to Universities and educational institutions.
End of term exams have been pending since March due to lockdown to curb the COVID-19 infection spread.
As Unlock 2.0 has come into operation, the home ministry has considered to allow safe conduct of end term exams with precautions.
The final term exams are to be conducted compulsorily as per the guidelines and academic calendar of UGC.
Notably, the UGC has revised it's guidelines to match the current scenario of COVID-19.
Evaluation of terminal semester students was to be done by final term examinations in July. Now, they would be evaluated based on their performance in the examinations that would be conducted in September.
As per the new guidelines by UGC, final term students can appear for their examinations through online and offline mode. Also, those students who can't appear at all for the September examinations can take the exams later on.
Meanwhile, several states like Maharashtra, Orissa, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh had cancelled all higher education examinations and decided to promote them directly.
Although, Gujarat government has taken back it's decision and is now gearing up to conduct final year examinations for under graduate and post graduate students.
The pandemic has caused heavy disruption in the functioning of schools and colleges. Huge impact was witnessed on next year's academic calendar.
As the schools were shut since March, all the board exams of different states have been cancelled recently and the students would be evaluated based on previous internal tests.
Moreover, students have been demanding to cancel engineering and medical entrance examinations but there's no response from the central government yet.
By Gayatri Yellayi