UGC sets up panel to report on exams

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Amid coronavirus outbreak, the University Grants Commission (UGC) will submit its report on the impact of COVID-19 on the academic calendar to MHRD ministry on April 13, 2020.

The HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ had suggested setting up an academic calendar panel to contemplate measures to deal with the impact of delay on the academic cycle. The UGC secretary Rajesh Jain informed the authorities concerned that a seven-member expert committee headed by the vice-chancellor of the Central University of Haryana, RC Kuhad, was formed to suggest measures in this regard.

“The expert committee, under the guidance of the chairman, UGC, will discuss and submit the report at the earliest and preferably by 13th April 2020,” Jain said in the letter.

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The other members of the committee included the vice-chancellors of Banashtali Vidyapeedh, Panjab University, Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeedh Vishwavidlyala, director of Inter University Accelerator Centre and two joint secretaries of the UGC.

All exams related to higher education institutions have been either cancelled or postponed after the lockdown from March 25. The MHRD and the UGC instructed the institutions to maintain teaching-learning processes through online platforms.

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