Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has defended the UGC in making the final year/ semester examinations compulsory for the students stating that it was done so that the students do not face any difficulty in the future. The meeting was held in the Association of Indian Universities’ Annual Conference of Vice-Chancellors meeting has stated that the decision regarding conducting the final year examinations by the UGC has been taken keeping in mind the future of the students.
The UGC has decided to conduct the final semester examination in the online or offline mode or in both. During the meeting conducted the union minister stated that some of the universities have conducted the exams or are going to during the pandemic situations keeping in mind the future of the children.
The universities have been given the option of conducting the examination in online, offline or blended mode. He said during his interaction with different universities that some of the universities have already conducted the examination or is doing it, or is doing good work during the COVID-19 pandemic as the future of children is equally important. He was addressing the Association of Indian Universities annual vice-chancellors meet, through webinar.
He also said “We have always been in favour of giving autonomy to universities, in the phased manner we are looking at how to improve the 45,000 degree colleges and give them autonomy. Right now only 8000 colleges have the autonomy, but in the phased manner this will be increased.”