Colleges To Reopen From September This Year – Government
NEW DELHI: College sessions will begin in August for current students and September for new ones, the University Grants Commission said on Wednesday. Schools and colleges have been closed across the country since last month amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The shutting down of universities, colleges and schools since March 16 on account the COVID-19 lockdown has caused a delay in the academic session of 2020-21.
Detailing the guidelines for examinations and academic calendar for the universities in view of the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent lockdown, the commission said the exams for final semester students will be conducted in July.
The UGC said, “Intermediate students will be graded based on an internal assessment of the present and previous semester. In states where the COVID-19 situation has normalised, there will be exams in the month of July. For terminal semester students, exams will be held in July.”
It Added, “Universities may follow a six-day week pattern and devise proforma to record travel or stay a history of staff and students for the lockdown period. Extension of six months will be granted to MPhil, PhD students and viva-voice be conducted through video conference.”
The commission elucidated that the guidelines are advisory in nature and universities may chalk out their own plan taking into consideration issues pertaining to the novel COVID-19 pandemic.
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