UGC has clarified that no new guidelines for the conduction of college exams have been issued yet, as opposed to the claims made on social media.
- UGC has confirmed that no new guidelines for university exams have been issued.
- It has also refuted all the rumors regarding the same on social media.
- It earlier said that no offline exams will be conducted in May 2021.
“It has come to the commission’s notice that incorrect news regarding UGC guidelines on examination has been published in some print and digital media. UGC had issued guidelines on examination and academic calendar from time to time during last year. Further, UGC notification issued on May 6 has requested the universities to keep the offline exams in abeyance during the month of May 2021,” the official notice read.
The commission on Monday had advised all higher education institutes (HEIs) to constitute COVID task force and helplines to help students and teachers amid the ongoing pandemic. The varsities have been directed to promote COVID-appropriate behavior including sanitization, wearing masks, washing hands with soap, and maintaining social distancing.
In its official statement, UGC said, “It has come to our notice that incorrect news regarding UGC guidelines on examinations has been published in the print and digital media. UGC has not yet issued any guidelines on examinations recently and the news is incorrect.”
Due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, many students and parents across the country are confused regarding the conduction of the semester exams this year. Many students are also pushing for the cancellation of semester exams due to the pandemic.
No offline semester exams in May
In recent news, UGC has asked all the higher educational institutes in India not to conduct any end-term or semester exams in offline mode in the month of May due to the current pandemic situation, as it will put the students at risk of getting infected.
“Keeping in view the current scenario of COVID-19, it is requested that Higher Education Institutions may keep the offline examinations in abeyance during May to avoid physical gathering at the campuses and also provide much-needed relief to students, faculty, and staff,” the notice said.
UGC further said in its notice that the health and safety of the students and staff is the first priority for them during this pandemic. Any new guidelines for the university exams will be communicated by UGC through its official website or social media handles.