Karnataka instructs universities and colleges to resume classes and postpone exams

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Dr. CN Ashwathnarayan

Dr. CN Ashwathnarayan, Karnataka’s Deputy Chief Minister, has directed colleges and universities to continue online classes for all undergraduate programs during the even semesters (second, fourth, sixth, and eighth semesters). He stated that most programs in universities and colleges have a carryover system, and that exams can be held once the COVID-19 pandemic is under control.

“Universities and colleges that have not completed odd semester examinations of undergraduate programs must continue online classes for even semesters because most programs have a carryover system.” “Once the pandemic situation is under control, the remaining examinations of odd semesters of UG programs can be conducted/scheduled,” said the minister, who also oversees higher education.

Dr. Narayan suggested that institutions’ Vice-Chancellors and Principals seek advice from the Karnataka State Higher Education Council and work out the details if there are limitations on carrying over syllabus to higher semesters, such as in professional courses or engineering. In terms of postgraduate programs, he noticed that admissions were delayed for the first semester.

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“Due to the COVID-19 situation, admission processes for the first semesters were delayed in some universities. Third-semester classes have been completed in many universities, while examinations are about to begin in others. In universities where classes for the odd semester have been completed and only examinations are pending, online classes for the even semesters will be continued.”

“Odd semester examinations can be conducted/scheduled once the COVID-19 situation improves,” the minister announced.

He also stated that he will review the situation with the Vice-Chancellors and the Karnataka State Higher Education Council, and that he will rework the guidelines and timelines for implementation in all colleges and universities.

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