Six states have objected to conducting final year exams in their universities due to the COVID-19 epidemic, although the Ministry of Human Resource Development said that the guidelines issued by the UGC have to be compulsorily followed and credibility and employment Educational evaluation of students is important in terms of opportunities.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) in its revised guidelines last week directed higher educational institutions that the final year examination is held in September 2020 instead of July 2020. The guidelines issued by the UGC in April asked to conduct the examination in July 2020.
Punjab, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Delhi have objected to conducting the examination in view of the status of COVID-19. A senior official of the Ministry of Human Resource Development said that the guidelines did not say that the exam was to be conducted immediately, the examinations were to be completed by the end of September. States can complete the examination schedule whenever practicable in this time period. With this, the exam can be taken online or offline or in a mixed form of both. The UGC guidelines are of a binding nature.
The official said that in any education system, educational evaluation of students is a very important milestone. Performance in exams brings confidence and satisfaction to students, along with it is a reflection of the ability, performance, and reliability required for global acceptance. The Ministry of Human Resources is likely to meet state education secretaries this week to ensure uniformity in the assessment of final year students.
The official said that according to the UGC Act, the Commission’s directives are binding. At present, the plan to conduct the examination has retained its place to a great extent. The Ministry is ready to discuss the concerns of the states and work on practical solutions but academic credit cannot be compromised. He said that the top universities of the world opted for the final year examination and opted for online examination.