UGC nod to Meghalaya govt’s request to complete final year exams by Oct 16


SHILLONG | SEPT 17, 2020:

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has acceded to the request of the Meghalaya government for extension of time till October 16, 2020, to complete the conduct of terminal semester/final year examinations.

According to a notification issued by UGC secretary Prof Rajnish Jain on September 16, the Meghalaya government has been asked to ensure that the result of these examinations be declared at the earliest and preferably by the end of October 2020.

"… so that the admissions to the first year of PG/Ph.D. programmes can be completed without any further delay and the next session can commence timely," read the notification.

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"UGC has agreed to the proposed completion of Final Semester Exam in the State of Meghalaya by 16/10/2020. NEHU will conduct exam as proposed on 7,9,12,14 &16 October 2020. Results will be declared by the end of October 2020. University will issue routine accordingly," tweeted Meghalaya Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Thursday.

The Principal Secretary in-charge Education Department, Government of Meghalaya had, on September 3, sought an extension of time till October 16 to complete the conduct of terminal semester/final year examinations.

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"The said request states that such an extension is being sought pursuant to a decision of the State Disaster Management Authority that it would not be possible to hold final year/terminal semester examinations in colleges and universities till September 2020," read the notification.

It may be mentioned that the UGC had issued revised guidelines on examinations and academic calendar for the universities in view of COVID-19 pandemic on July 6.

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As per these guidelines, the universities were required to complete the examinations in respect of Terminal Semester/Final Year students by the end of September 2020 in offline (pen & paper)/online/blended (online and offline) mode following the prescribed protocols/guidelines related to COVID-19.

Certain bodies and individuals had sought to impugn the said revised guidelines in the Supreme Court of India. However, the apex court in its judgment dated 28.08.2020 declined to grant such relief (s).