UGC has directed universities and colleges not to conduct offline exams in the month of May. Citing in a letter, the UGC has mentioned to all universities and colleges that during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the health and safety of everyone is of utmost importance.
However, the University Grant Commission has allowed the universities and colleges to conduct online exams observing all guidelines issued by the Central Government, state governments, the Education Ministry and the UGC. The Commission has asked to conduct the online examinations in the Higher Education Institutions as per their suitability after accessing local conditions.
In view of the current scenario of Covid-19, the Commission has requested that Higher Education Institutions should keep the offline examinations at bay during May to avoid physical gathering at the campuses.
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The Education Ministry had directed all centrally-funded institutions (IITs, NITs, IIITs, Central Universities, etc) not to conduct offline exams in May. The decision on examinations to be reviewed again in the first week of June 2021.
UGC’s advisory is therefore for all the universities that come under its shelter, including state-run and private universities.