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New Delhi: In a set of pointers issued on Wednesday, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has advisable that school classes ought to start in August for present college students and in September for brand spanking new ones.

According to the rules which UGC mentioned have been strategies, the much-awaited admissions for the 2020-21 session will probably be performed between August 1 to August 31. “Universities may follow a six-day week pattern and devise a pro forma to record travel or stay history of staff and students.

“Extension of six months will be granted to MPhil, PhD students and viva-voice would be conducted through video conference,” UGC’s pointers mentioned.

The pointers additionally said that universities develop digital school rooms and video conferencing facility and all instructing workers must be educated with using the expertise, put together e-content/ e-lab experiments and add on their web sites, and college must be adequately educated for using ICT and on-line instructing instruments, in order that they full about 25% of the syllabus by means of on-line instructing.

For the issues associated to examination, the UGC allowed the universities to chart out their very own plan of motion, however urged grading intermediate semester college students on inner evaluation of the current and former semesters.

In states the place the COVID-19 scenario has normalized, there will probably be exams in July, the UGC advisable.

The UGC-issued pointers have been primarily based on suggestions made by an professional committee to deliberate on points associated to exams and the educational calendar and take acceptable measures for the way forward for college students.

The professional committee was headed by Prof. R.C. Kuhad, Former Member, UGC and Vice Chancellor, Central University of Haryana, Mahendergarh, Haryana together with different members.

According to the rules, universities might undertake various and simplified modes and strategies of examinations to full the method in a shorter time frame .

“Universities may adopt efficient and innovative modes of examinations by reducing the time from 3 hours to 2 hours. Universities may conduct terminal or intermediate semester or yearly examinations in offline or online mode, as per their ordinances, rules and regulations, scheme of examinations, observing the guidelines of “social distancing” and conserving in view the assist system obtainable with them and making certain honest alternative to all college students,” the UGC assertion mentioned.

For the terminal semester or 12 months examinations, the exams will probably be held in July. “The terminal semester or year examination for postgraduate, undergraduate courses, programmes may be conducted by universities as suggested in the academic calendar. The timing of the examination may be considered appropriately by the universities, and examination may be conducted keeping in mind the guidelines of social distancing,” UGC mentioned.

“For intermediate semester or year students, the universities may conduct examinations, after making a comprehensive assessment of their level of preparedness, residential status of the students, status of COVID-19 pandemic spread in different regions or state and other factors,” it added.

Elaborating on the grading system primarily based on inner assessments, the UGC mentioned that grading of the scholars might be a composite of 50% marks on the idea of the sample of inner analysis adopted by the universities and the remaining 50% marks could be awarded on the idea of efficiency in earlier semester solely (if obtainable).

“In situations where previous semester or previous year marks are not available, particularly in the first year of the annual pattern of examinations, 100% evaluation may be done on the basis of internal assessments,” UGC mentioned.

It added that the scholars who want to enhance their grades, can seem in particular exams for such topics in the course of the subsequent semester.

The Commission has additionally allowed extension of six months’ interval to the M.Phil. or Ph.D. college students and informed the universities that they might conduct the Ph.D. and M. Phil. Viva-Voce examinations by means of video conferencing utilizing Google, Skype, Microsoft Technologies or every other dependable and mutually handy expertise can be utilized.

“The universities are also advised to establish a cell for handling student grievances related to examinations and academic activities during COVID-19 pandemic and notify effectively to the students. The UGC will also establish a helpline for monitoring student grievances related to examinations and cademic activities during COVID-19 pandemic,” it mentioned.

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