Worried about colleges


The Coronavirus crisis has changed the world completely in the last few months. All of us have been locked into our homes, economic activity has come to a near standstill
New Delhi: The final year examinations in college and universities may get cancelled in view of the COVID-19 pandemic situation. The examinations were scheduled to be held in July. But as the number of cases is rising and it does not seem fit to resume normal educational operations, including regular classes and holding scheduled examinations, the final semester examinations may stand cancelled this year.

MHRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Wednesday dropped hints of the ministry moving towards to such a decision as he tweeted, “I have advised the @ugc_india to revisit the guidelines issued earlier for intermediate and Terminal Semester examinations and academic calendar. The foundation for revisited guidelines shall be health and safety students, teachers and staff.”

So how will Students be evaluated?

The University Grants Commission will come out with a detailed SOP in this regard. The final year students will be evaluated based on their previous semester examinations

UGC had come up with a detailed guideline in April in which it had recommended online examinations for the final year students. But not all universities have the required arrangement.
The MHRD minister has now asked the UGC to come up with some alternative options. Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra have already decided to cancel all final year examinations

1. Universities may follow a 6-day week pattern.
2. Link to be provided by MHRD for virtual laboratories to facilitate the students of Science/Engineering/Technology.
3. Develop virtual classroom and video conferencing facility and all teaching staff should be trained with the use of technology.
4. Universities should prepare e-content / e-lab experiments and upload on their websites.
5. Faculty should be adequately trained for the use of ICT and online teaching tools, so that they complete about 25% of their syllabus through online teaching and 75% syllabus through face to face teaching.

Earlier, it was decided that colleges will start their new session in September. But now, the dates are likely to be postponed.

By - Varshit Maheshwari
Co-founder at TheEasyBooks