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Key Takeaways From UGC’s Fresh Guidelines for Final Year Exams

Earlier, there were reports that UGC may cancel the final year examinations but the latest announcement brought some clarity to students.


University Grant Commission (UGC) held its emergent meeting on July 6, 2020, and after a unanimous decision of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Minister of Health and Family Welfare, the commission came up with a revision in its guidelines earlier issued on April 29, 2020, concerning final year examinations of Universities.

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Highlights of the guidelines are as under:

  1. The higher education regulator has decided to hold the final semester or final year examinations by the end of September 2020 in offline ( pen+paper), online/blended (online + offline) mode as per feasibility and suitability.
  2. ‌In case of any final year student incapable of appearing in final year examinations conducted by their respective University for whatsoever reason/paper, may appear in the special examination, and the university must arrange the examination as and when feasible. So that the student may not put to any inconvenience or disadvantage. The provision can only be practiced for the current academic session 2019-2020 as a one-time measure. It does not account for permanence.
  3. Those students who have backlog should compulsorily be evaluated by offline or online examinations
  4. ‌Guidelines for intermediate semester/year examinations notified on April 29, 2020, remained unchanged.
  5. ‌If/When needed, other details relevant to admission and academic calendar in the universities and colleges will be issued separately, in place of early guidelines issued on April 29, 2020.


Ruchi Gupta of (NSUI) National Students Union of India, a student body affiliated with Congress opposes the decision as saying “it will lead to mindless extended uncertainty for no discernable benefits. If IIT Bombay can cancel final year exams and extrapolate from previous assessment then why can’t other universities?” Education is much more than exams and this narrow-minded view will risk the health of lakhs of students, according to her.

Earlier, The HRD ministry postponed the JEE and NEET 2020 examinations till September with a July 3, 2020, notice amid the COVID-19 outbreak, keeping in mind the safety of students.


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