UGC guidelines for university exams 2020: Final year exams in September

UGC guidelines for university exams 2020: Final year exams in September

The suspense around university exams 2020 has finally ended with the University Grants Commission (UGC) releasing a fresh set of guidelines. Students from across the country were frantically awaiting the UGC guidelines as the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic has completely disrupted the academic calenders.

There was a lot of back and forth about whether the universities should conduct final year exams or not as they are generally over by this time of the year. However, despite there being a delay due to the lockdown imposed to curb COVID-19, the UGC eventually decided that exams must be held for final year students.

Hence, as per the guidelines issued by the regulatory body, terminal semester(s) exams will be held by the end of September. As for the intermediate semester(s) students, their evaluation will be based on internal assessment, as suggested by the previous set of UGC guidelines which were released in April.

Here are the key takeaways from UGC guidelines:

  • Universities/institutions have been directed to conduct final year exams by the end of September.
  • Universities/institutions may choose any of mode – pen and paper, online or a combination of both, as per feasibility and suitability.
  • If a final year student is unable to appear in an exam for any reason, he/she may be given the opportunity to appear in a special exam for such course/paper which may be conducted by the university as and when feasible. This is applicable for the current academic session (2019-20) as a one-time special measure.
  • It is mandatory for students who have a backlog to appear in exams. They should compulsorily be evaluated by conducting exams in offline, online, or blended mode.
  • Guidelines regarding the intermediate semesters remain the same as notified in April which said that the evaluations of the students will be done on the basis of internal assessment.