30 - 11 - 2020

New academic session in varsities from Sep; final semester exams in July, says UGC

New Delhi, April 30,2020:The new academic session for already enrolled students will start from August while that for freshers will begin from September, the University Grants Commission said today while issuing an academic calendar and detailing guidance for varsities that have remained closed since March 16 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UGC said exams for students of the final semester would be conducted in July and added that universities could conduct exams online or offline depending on the support system available with them, and reduce exam time from three to two hours using innovative methods and keeping social distancing norms in mind.

 “University classes will be deemed to be attended by all students,” said the UGC, adding that every university would soon set up a COVID cell to address students’ queries about exams or the academic calendar.

Intermediate students would be graded on the basis of internal assessment of the present and previous semester, and in the states, where COVID-19 situation has normalised, exams would be held in July. For terminal semester students, exams would also be held in July, the UGC clarified.

Extension of six months will be granted to Mphil and PhD students, and viva-voice could be conducted through video conference.

“The timing of examination may be considered appropriately by universities. In case the situation does not appear normalise, to maintain social distancing for safety of students, grading of students could be composite of 50 per cent marks on the basis of the pattern of internal evaluation adopted by universities while the remaining 50 per cent marks can be awarded on the basis of performance in previous semester only,” the UGC said.

The Commission guidance added that where previous semester or previous year marks were not available, 100 per cent evaluation might be done on the basis of internal assessments.

“If the student wishes to improve grades, they may appear in special exams for such subjects during the next semester,” the Commission said.