By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : Apr 29, 2020 08:24 IST
UGC Panels Recommend College Session from Sept, Exams & Classes- guidelines next week

University Grants Commission has set up 2 committees— one under chairmanship of Prof RC Kuhad, Haryana University and other under Prof Nageshwar Rao, IGNOU. Prof RC Kuhad that was given responsibility to look into issues related to Exam & Academic Calenders & another panel under Prof Nageshwar Rao's chairmanship given on promoting online education. Panels have recommended College session to start from September instead of July this year, however the final guidelines on Exams and Classes likely to be rolled out next week, source said.

On Friday UGC formed both the committees have submitted their report & it'll be discussed in UGC meeting. After the decision, UGC will issue final Guidelines/ Advisories, next week, to Universities & Colleges on measures to be taken for current academic session as well as next academic session.

UGC Panels recommend College from Sept

As per report submitted by Committees, academic session in universities and higher educational institutions can be started from September 2020. In view of the Covid-19 situation in the country, a panel appointed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) recommended that session should start from September instead of July & Online Exams should be conducted, wherever possible.

Two committees constituted by the UGC to look into the issues of academic loss and online education in the wake of the lockdown in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to sources the committees are facing a hurdle in starting the academic session is the delay in conducting entrance examinations as well as the pending board exams, the panel said.

UGC panel recommends colleges from sept

Committee's Report

One of the committees submitted its report on ways of conducting exams in universities amid the lockdown and work on an alternate academic calendar. The second committee, to suggest measures to improve online education, on Friday.
One panel has recommended that the academic session be started from September than July. The second panel has suggested that universities should conduct online exams if they have the infrastructure and means or wait for the lockdown to get over and then decide a date for pen-and-paper exams.

UGC Panels recommend colleges from sept

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Final guidelines next week

According to HRD Ministry officials, the two reports will now be studied and official guidelines in this regard are expected to be notified by next week.

However the decision is not binding that all the recommendations will be accepted. After deliberating on the feasibility issues and keeping the situation in mind, guidelines will be issued, an official said. Decision on other exams competitive exams including JEE & NEET HRD, Ministry to take decision after May 3, CBSE has also decided to conduct remaining exams as noted for 29 subjects only, soon after lockdown ends.

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