By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : Jul 09, 2020 17:38 IST
UGC clarifies on holding Final year exams, question arise on validity of Degree, says Secy

Clarifying its stand to hold final term examinations across Universities/ Colleges, University Grant Commission (UGC) Secretary said, "If we do not conduct students final year examinations, then a question arises on the validity of students' degree". Interacting with the media UGC Secy Professor Rajneesh Jain, on Thursday also said that conducting final year examinations for Graduation and Post-Graduation courses is very important. On asked about future course of action, UGC Secretary says, Universities &colleges can opt to conduct exams through online, offline or blended mode. Guidelines for the conduct of final term examinations have been issued on basis of Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) suggested by the Health Ministry.

On asking over the safety of students amid Covid19 pandemic, Secretary said that "safety of students is our prime concern. We saw that it was not possible to conduct final year exams in July month, therefore, new guidelines are released for conducting the final year examination till September 30.

University Grant Commission (UGC) Secretary Prof Rajnish Jain interacted with media personnel and clarified the stance taken by University Grant Commission on holding final year/ semester exams. UGC had chaired meeting with Ministry of Human Resource Development and Ministry of Home Affairs before reaching to a conclusion on exams, he added. Earlier in view of the changing conditions due to Covid-19 taking students' health as priority, UGC differed the examinations from July to September month.

He also said that all states should conduct exams for final year/ year students, so that no one can question on validity of students' degree. Conducting final year examinations for UG and PG courses is very important, and the safety of students is our prime concern. Earlier on July 5, 2020 University Grant Commission released revised guidelines for holding examinations across all state & central universities for final year / semester students.

Read- UGC full Guidelines for University Exams

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Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amrinder Singh says, he will write letter to PM Modi & HM Amit Shah ji over non-conducive situation to hold Examinations in state.  Terming the COVID situation in the state non-conducive to conduct of exams, Punjab CM Capt Amarinder said that he will write to PM Modi & Union Home Minister Amit Shah seeking cancellation of exams in universities & colleges in the interest and safety of the students, Punjab CMO tweeted.

Earlier several states had cancelled the examinations even before the UGC guidelines including Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, West Bengal & Odisha. University Grant Commission (UGC) Secretary Prof Rajnish Jain on Thursday stressed to hold final year examinations in those particular states. The detailed UGC guidelines and SOP on holding University exams are prescribed at official website of Commission i.e. ugc.ac.in.