Bhubaneswar: A day after the University Grants Commission (UGC) chalked out new guideline allowing Universities to chart out their own plan of action for conducting exams which were put on hold due to COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent nationwide lockdown, Odisha government today informed that the State might conduct exams any moment post lockdown after duly considering the scenario.
Odisha's Higher Education Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo has appealed the students to take the lockdown period and the time of crisis as an opportunity to prepare well for exams which may be conducted on any feasible day after the institutions reopen on June 17.
On the UGC advisory, minister Sahoo proposed to form an expert panel to discuss the issues related to the exams and the academic calendar and the appropriate measures for ensuring the future of the students.
"UGC had formed an expert panel including seven members. The experts handed over a report to UGC which was further sent to the Ministry of Education. Further UGC has released a guideline analyzing the report. Our department will further analyze the guideline and we will finalize appropriate decisions for the State," he added.
UGC, the governing body of all the Universities of higher education across India on Wednesday suggested grading intermediate semester students on internal assessment of the present and previous semesters and recommended to conduct exams in July in states where the COVID-19 situation has normalized.
As per the statement released by UGC, Universities may adopt efficient and innovative modes of examinations by reducing the time from 3 hours to 2 hours. Universities may conduct terminal or intermediate semester or yearly examinations in offline or online mode, as per their regulations, the scheme of examinations, observing the guidelines of “social distancing” and keeping in view the support system available with them and ensuring a fair opportunity to all students.
Furthermore, the terminal semester or year examination for postgraduate, undergraduate courses, programmes may be conducted by Universities as suggested in the academic calendar. The timing of the examination may be considered appropriately by the Universities, and examination may be conducted keeping in mind the guidelines of social distancing.