Bhubaneswar: Considering the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, it's not possible to conduct the final semester exams of Under Graduate and Post Graduate students, Odisha government informed the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on Thursday.
In a letter, the State government urged the HRD Ministry to reconsider the revised guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and not to make the conduct of the final term examinations mandatory.
State Government has today sent a letter to MHRD requesting to reconsider the revised guidelines of UGC and not to make conduct of UG & PG final term exams mandatory. MHRD has been requested to allow the State Government to adhere to its decision of cancellation of these exams.
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The UGC in its new recommendation has proposed to protect the academic interests of terminal semester and final year students globally by conducting examinations in offline mode (by pen and paper) or online by the end of September 2020.
According to the UGC, the special examinations can be conducted by the university whenever possible so that the students do not face any inconvenience or loss. This provision will only be applicable as a one-time measure for the current academic session 2019-20.
Sharing information, HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said, “Final year students who have a backlog should be evaluated by conducting exams offline or online with pen and paper keeping in view the probability and suitability. If due to any reason a final year student is unable to appear in the examination conducted by the university, then he/she would be given an opportunity to appear in special examinations for such paper.”
Odisha government had earlier cancelled all pending final semester and final year exams of various Under Graduate and Post Graduate courses in view of the COVID-19 situation in Odisha.