Rashmi Ranjan

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Higher Education department will hold a high-level meeting today to chalk out plans to conduct the final semester examinations of Under Graduate (UG) and Post Graduate (PG) courses.

According to sources, the meeting scheduled for 3 pm today will be chaired by Higher Education minister Arun Sahoo. Vice-chancellors, controllers of examinations of state public universities, principals of autonomous and degree colleges will attend the meet through video conferencing.

Key issues like schedule, SoP and preparedness to conduct the examinations are likely to be discussed during the meeting, sources informed.

Sources said the Odisha government is likely to seek permission of University Grant Commission (UGC) to conduct the examination after Durga Puja holidays or by October third week.

Notably on July 6, UGC had issued a guideline asking educational institutes to conduct the final examination by September end which was later challenged by students and other organisations. Recently, the Supreme Court upheld the UGC directive and ruled that the states cannot promote students without final examinations.

The top court, however, gave liberty to the States to move the UGC for postponement of the examinations.

On June 11, the Higher Education department had decided to cancel the theory as well as the practical examination of the finals semester of UG and PG courses.

(Edited By Ramakanta Biswas)

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