Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union minister of education on Monday stood by UGC’s decision to conduct exams for final year students and said that the decision has been taken while keeping in mind the future of students.
“The decision has been taken keeping the future of students in mind. It was done so that students do not face any difficulty in future. The universities have been given the option of conducting the examination in online, offline or blended mode,” Pokhriyal said during his interaction with the Vice-Chancellors of different universities.
The UGC released a new set of guidelines in July making it compulsory for all the universities to conduct final year exams this year by September end, as it is essential for the academic future of the students. All the students in intermediate semesters were promoted without exams.
He also added that the universities have been given the option of conducting the final year exams in online, offline or mixed mode, depending on the resources that the university and the students possess during the pandemic.
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Pokhriyal ON NEP 2020 | Final Year Exams
Pokhriyal said the New Education Policy 2020, will strengthen India’s position as a leader on the global stage.
“We have aimed to increase GER to 50 pc by 2035, it’s a huge target we have to achieve which would mean enrolling 3.5 crores more students,” Pokhriyal said.
“This NEP 2020 is the foundation of nation-building. I urge you to plan how research can be improved. 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 8,000 colleges have the autonomy, but in the phased manner this will be increased,” he added.
However, students have been protesting against the conduction of examinations. Numerous petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court of India questioning the guidelines and seeking cancellation of final year exams.
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