Final-year exams in universities by September-end as MHA gives nod

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The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday in a letter to Union Higher Education Secretary permitted conduct of exams by universities and institutions.

Subsequently, the University Grants Commission (UGC) also released fresh guidelines, saying the end-of-term exams can be held in September this year.

The examinations are to be conducted in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) approved by the Health Ministry to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Moreover, intermediate semester students will be evaluated based on internal assessment (as per earlier issued guidelines), Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said.

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“Ministry of Home Affairs, in a letter to Union Higher Education Secretary, today permitted conduct of examinations by Universities and Institutions. The final term examinations are to be compulsorily conducted as per the UGC guidelines on examinations and academic calendar for the universities and as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) approved by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare,” the MHA release said.

According to the new guidelines, the final university exams can be held online and offline. In case a student cannot appear in September, provisions will be made so she can take the exams later.

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