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Friday, 14 August 2020

Exams of exit classes will be conducted: Haryana Government

Pradeep Sharma

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13

Taking a U-turn, the Haryana Government has now decided to hold terminal examinations of final semesters for higher and technical education courses as per the July 6 UGC guidelines.

Ankur Gupta, Principal Secretary (Higher Education), issued an order stating: "The terminal examinations will be conducted by the universities keeping in view the July 6 UGC guidelines when the commission had recommended many options, of which the authorities are free to choose any as per their convenience and local conditions." It further stated that the standard protocols for the safety of all concerned should be strictly enforced.

The UGC had recommended the holding of examinations for all terminal classes in physical, online and blended modes by September-end.

On June 23, the Higher Education Department had issued order stating that "there will be no examination even for the final semester". It had said the terminal examinations (final semester) and intermediate semester examinations would not be conducted and all students shall be promoted to the next semester with 50 per cent weightage of internal assessment, plus 50 per cent of the marks in previous examinations.

However, the students were given a chance to improve their grades later.

Meanwhile, Narender Siwach, president, Haryana Government College Teachers' Association, said holding the examinations in either physical or online mode was not feasible in wake of Covid. "The state government should talk to stakeholders, including teachers and student representatives, to devise a mechanism for promoting students without examination," he added.

from The Tribune

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