There is confusion among all the universities and colleges in the country after the new UGC guidelines regarding the final year examinations. The University Grants Commission (UGC) said on Thursday that the universities were approached to give the status of conducting the examinations. 640 universities have received the answer. Of these, 454 universities have either conducted the examination or are planning to conduct it. Examinations in 177 universities are yet to be decided. According to the ANI news agency, the UGC said that the first batch of 27 private universities, which were established during 2019-20, are not eligible for the final year examination.
Let us tell you that according to the revised guidelines of UGC, it is mandatory for all colleges and universities to conduct final year/semester examinations of UG and PG courses by 30 September. Confusion has arisen in all the states after the revised guidelines. Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, Odisha, The governments of Madhya Pradesh, and West Bengal have canceled all examinations in the universities under their jurisdiction. While the UGC had appealed to all the states to conduct final year exams of all its universities. The UGC has said that uniformity in the higher education level in the country is very important. For this, guidelines are accepted and followed. Those states should also follow the UGC guidelines and conduct final year exams. If we do not conduct final year students examinations, then this raises a question on the validity of their degree. Universities and colleges can conduct examinations in any mode online, offline, or blended. If a student is unable to sit for the exams to be held in September, then the university will conduct a special exam for such students.
The Delhi High Court has also sought answers from the Center, UGC and Delhi University regarding the guidelines for conducting the examination.
The academics told UGC, think again about the decision to conduct the examination. The
academics have written to the UGC to rethink the decision to conduct the final year examinations. In a letter to UGC chief DP Singh, it is written that the latest advisory of UGC on examinations is unfortunate. They will take us back rather than forward. Let us tell you that according to the revised guidelines of UGC, it is mandatory for all colleges and universities to conduct final year/semester examinations of UG and PG courses by 30 September. It has been written in the letter that with this decision of the UGC, this will start an era of uncertainty for the states. Because many states had already decided to cancel the examinations. It has been signed by several academicians, including former UGC chairman Sukhdev Thorat.