Final year exams of 19-20 are compulsory: UGC to universities

University Grants Commission (UGC) says has power to take action if states cancel university exams, do not follow its guidelines

University Grants Commission (UGC) on Friday stating that it will take strict action if the state governments do not follow its orders.

Although affiliated colleges which are not under UGC are still ordered to follow the instructions by University Grants Commission.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) advises the  states cancelling final year university exams has said that states are not permissible to do this and the commission does have the power to take action.

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) in spite of states cancelling last semester examinations has said that states are not allowed to do this and the commission does have the power to take action. 

Asking state universities to follow the revised guidelines, UGC has said that states are legally bound to follow its guidelines.

“As per the UGC Act, State governments cannot take this decision. Unlike school education, which is on the State list, higher education is on the concurrent list. UGC and AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) directives have to be implemented. It is there in the act,” The Hindu quoted HRD Secretary Amit Khare quoted.

UGC reaction has come after Delhi became the latest state to cancel all state-level university examinations. Delhi made an announcement on Saturday.

So far states including Punjab, Maharashtra, Odisha, West Bengal which have already cancelled exams, written to the Centre that they have no intention in conducting the exams. The latest to join the states in cancelling university examinations is Delhi.

However, UGC earlier informed states to conduct final year examinations by the end of September through online or offline mode. The regulatory body also asked states to follow their revised guidelines on conducting examinations.

As of now the government of Madhya Pradesh which before announced stating there would be no exams as reconfirmed that exams are mandatory. States like Rajasthan, Haryana who have also cancelled the exams are yet to decide prior to the fresh UGC guidelines.

“Consider the future if degrees are granted without any assessment. Even if final term degrees are granted now without exams, what will happen to the next term? If COVID continues for a year, will we start granting degrees without exams for years together?” The Hindu HRD Secretary quoted .

UGC fresh guidelines issued in April 

The UGC, on April 27, directed all the universities to conduct exams. Final-year examinations in universities will have to be conducted by September-end, the HRD Ministry reiterated Monday (July 6), deferring the schedule from July in view of a spike in COVID-19 cases.

However, students unable to appear in final-year exams in September will get another chance and universities will conduct special exams “as and when feasible”, according to revised guidelines issued by UGC.

The decision by the HRD Ministry came following a nod from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to conduct the exams as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) approved by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

DUTA express disappointment on UGC revised guidelines

Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) Monday expressed its grief over the UGC guidelines on exams, saying that they show “complete disregard for students”.

DUTA, in a statement, said it “is appalled at the manner in which the government has cleared the way for forcing a act of an exam on students”.

“An exam that has no sanctity and is discriminatory towards a large section of students is clearly being pushed with no other motive than to promote big business in the education,” it said.

“The UGC and HRD Ministry have shown a complete disregard for students with the revised guidelines,” it added.

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MBBS Exams 2020: Medical colleges await new MCI guidelines after UGC, students seek stay on university exams

The MBBS Exams in various medical colleges across the country have either been postponed or the students have seemed a stay on the exams through the court following the pandemic

Medical colleges across India are still uncertain over conducting MBBS Exams 2020 after University Grants Commission, UGC released its revised guidelines over University final year exams. 

Now fresh directives are pending by the Medical Council of India (MCI) over medical colleges conducting exams. 

West Bengal University of Health Sciences was to conduct the second professional MBBS and third professional Part 1 MBBS exams from July 14 to 21, 2020. 

Many students in Calcutta High Court have filed a PIL against the college seeking a stay on examinations.

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The mode in which the exams would be conducted would be assured by the fresh guidelines issued by MCI. However the students at the University of Health Sciences, West Bengal cited the absence of transport as a major reason for not attending exams. Many institutes have cancelled the exams that were to be conducted recently.

The dean of VCSG Government College, Uttarakhand quoted saying, “the institute has suspended all the internal, external and other exams till any further guidelines are issued by MCI.” Related Article| Cancel final year exams, evaluate on past performance- DU, JNU, Mumbai University teachers write to UGC

As per many opinions in this field, the delay in exams would most likely impact the internships and PG admissions in the country apart from getting jobs for the medical college students. Currently, however, there will be a lesser percentage of students affected by joblessness as the government would employ as many doctors as possible for COVID 19 services.

Dean of VCSG College said that exams for final year students are important as they have to appear for the internships. As per him, an extension may deprive the students of their NEET PG exams and their jobs both. While the medical council has not yet released any fresh guidelines, Dental Council of India has asked the colleges to conduct final year exams only, promoting the other semester students. The guidelines of MCI are expected in mid-August as per the dean of VCSG college. 

Maharashtra: The minister said that the state is unable to conduct any examinations under this drastic situation. 

“The number of cases are increasing day by day. So, it is not possible to conduct final-year university exams as per University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines,” said Uday Samant, Minister for Higher and Technical Education.

The disaster management authority of the state, chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, on Monday informed that it is not possible to conduct examinations under this pressure situation.

“The number of cases are increasing day by day. So, it is not possible to conduct final-year university exams as per University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines,” said Uday Samant, Minister for Higher and Technical Education.

“We will not conduct exams. Our stand is that it is not possible to hold the exams due to the current Covid-19 situation. The vice-chancellors of all 13 non-agricultural universities have written to the government saying that it is not appropriate to conduct exams in the current situation. Parents and teachers are also against holding exams immediately. So, it is not appropriate considering the health of the students,” stated Samat.

“The UGC has issued guidelines asking states to hold exams. Will it also take responsibility if students get infected?” Samant said.

 referring to an incident in Bengaluru where students, who appeared for exams, later tested positive for coronavirus.

He mentioned that the government feels that results should be declared using the formula of giving aggregate marks to students based on their performance in previous semesters.

The issue of exams of ATKT (allowed to keep terms) students – those who have failed in previous semester exams – was also discussed and a decision on providing them relief will be taken soon, said Samant.

“Students of non-professional courses, who want a degree certificate without exams, will have to give a written undertaking to the university stating that their result should be declared based on the formula. The students who want to appear for exams will also have to give a written undertaking. We have given instructions to the universities to finalise a time table, in consultation with district officials, for conducting such exams later on,” he added.

Samant further said that students will have to face several issues if exams are indeed held as per UGC recommendations. “Many schools, colleges and hostels are being used as isolation centers. It will also be difficult for the students, who have gone back to their native places, to return to their hostels,” Samat added.

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