COVID-19: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has Postponed that Universities Postpone Their Offline Exams Until May. Universities have been asked by the University Grants Commission not to conduct offline exams in May and to instead consider whether to conduct online exams after reviewing local conditions. In a letter to all universities and schools, the commission emphasised the importance of everyone’s health and safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Universities can conduct online exams as long as they are well-prepared and follow the directions and guidelines issued by the Central Government, state governments, the Education Ministry, and the UGC.
“Keeping in view the current scenario of COVID-19, it is requested that Higher Education Institutions suspend offline exams during May 2021 to avoid physical gathering on campuses and to provide much-needed relief to students, faculty, and staff who are currently occupied in battling COVID-19 in one way or another,” according to the UGC letter.
The Education Ministry had previously instructed all centrally sponsored institutions (IITs, NITs, IIITs, Central Universities, and so on) to hold no offline exams in May. The examination decision will be examined again in the first week of June 2021, according to the ministry.
Only centrally funded institutions were subject to the Education Ministry’s exam directives. The UGC’s advice, on the other hand, applies to all of the universities that fall under its umbrella, including both public and private institutions.
Many state and central universities have already postponed offline exams for undergraduate and postgraduate students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although some will hold exams in unconventional ways, such as open book exams, others have yet to reveal new dates and methods.
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