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UGC panel recommends academic session in varsities from September, online exams wherever possible

NEW DELHI: The educational consultation in universities and higher educational institutions can be started from September instead of July in view of the Covid-19 state of affairs within the nation, a panel appointed by way of the University Grants Commission (UGC) has really helpful.

Two committees were constituted by way of the UGC to look into the problems of academic loss and online education within the wake of the lockdown within the nation because of the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the committees led by way of Haryana University Vice-Chancellor RC Kuhad was once formed to look into the ways of conducting assessments in universities amid the lockdown and work on an alternate educational calendar. The 2d committee, to signify measures to make stronger online education, was once led by way of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) V-C Nageshwar Rao. Both the panels submitted their stories on Friday.

"One panel has recommended that the academic session be started from September than July. The second panel has suggested that universities should conduct online exams if they have the infrastructure and means or wait for the lockdown to get over and then decide a date for pen-and-paper examinations," a supply stated.

According to HRD Ministry officers, the 2 stories will now be studied and authentic pointers on this regard are expected to be notified by way of subsequent week.

"It is not binding that all the recommendations will be accepted. After deliberating on the feasibility issues and keeping the situation in mind, guidelines will be issued," an authentic stated.

Another hurdle in starting the academic consultation is the prolong in conducting entrance examinations in addition to the pending board assessments, the panel has identified.

"As of now the plan is to conduct entrance examinations like NEET and JEE in June. But it is extremely important to keep reviewing the Covid-19 situation," the authentic stated.

Universities and faculties across the nation had been closed since March 16 when the Union govt announced a national classroom shutdown as one of the most measures to include the outbreak. Later, a national lockdown was once announced on March 24 which has now been prolonged till May three.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has already announced that it is going to conduct pending board assessments for most effective 29 topics that are the most important for promotion and undergraduate admissions.

The death toll because of Covid-19 rose to 775 and the collection of instances climbed to 24,506 within the nation on Saturday, in line with the Union Health Ministry.

The collection of energetic Covid-19 instances stood at 18,668 whilst 5,062 other folks were cured and discharged, and one affected person has migrated to every other nation, the ministry stated.

The general collection of instances come with 77 overseas nationals.

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