The University Grants Commission has issued a notice asking all the universities not to conduct offline exams in May and to decide on conducting online exams only after assessing local conditions. The Notice by UGC is made available on the official website: ugc.ac.in.
UGC in its notice said that, “Keeping in view the current scenario of COVID-19, it is requested that Higher Education Institutions may keep the offline examinations in abeyance during May to avoid physical gathering at the campuses and also provide much-needed relief to students, faculty and staff,”
“However, for conduct of online examinations, HEIs may decide suitably after accessing local conditions” it added.
As per the UGC guidelines, decisions on examination will be reviewed in the first week of June 2021. It also mentioned the physical gathering to be avoided in the Campuses at all times.
The conduct of online exams is allowed only if universities ensure they are prepared in all respects and adhere to the directions and guidelines issued by the Central Government, state governments, the Education Ministry, and the UGC.
Many states and Central universities have already postponed offline exams for undergraduate and postgraduate students in view of Covid-19.