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UGC to provide guidelines to colleges over exams

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Keeping the hardships of students in mind, University Grants Commission (UGC) is expected to release a detailed set of guidelines and academic measures for colleges and universities this week.

These guidelines will help varsities and affiliated colleges chart out a path towards the conduct of online exams and restart of new academic session. As reported earlier, the two expert committees setup by the regulator have submitted their recommendation on measures required to conduct of academics in higher education institutions across the country.

The commission will frame actionable guidelines for colleges and universities across the country to help them commence the academic activities and also hold final exams for the students which have been delayed.

The first committee was headed by Professor RC Kuhad, former member UGC and Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Haryana, which was looking into the matter of evaluating issues that higher education institutions are facing due to Coronavirus pandemic with regards to issues related to examinations and academic calendar. As per reports, the committee has recommended starting of the new academic session from September 2020 instead of July 2020.

On similar lines, a second committee was also formed under the guidance of professor Nageshwar Rao, Vice-Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to recommend methods of promoting online education and better adopting of the same by teachers and students amid the on-going lockdown.

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