Students of colleges and universities are now confused due to new UGC guidelines which is directing that assessment is mandatory for final semesters/years. While many states directed universities to cancel examination and promote students on basis of prior marks and assessments.
The much-awaited University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines were released before couple of days. As per the revised guidelines, UGC has asked all the universities and colleges to conduct the ultimate year or semester exams by September-end. The universities have also been asked to “compulsorily be evaluated” backlog papers “by conducting examinations”. The universities , however, have the liberty of selecting the mode of exam — online, offline, and/or hybrid.
The new guidelines further suggest holding special exams for college students “in case a student of terminal semester or final year is unable to seem within the examination”. These special exams are often held whenever things are going to be conducive. This comes after several universities had already announced the cancellation of exams. Now, these guidelines by UGC have created further confusion within the minds of students .
Explaining its rationale behind the revised guidelines, the UGC said in a official statement, “In view of the emerging situation associated with COVID-l9 pandemic in India, it’s important to safeguard the principles of health, safety, fair and civil right for college students. At an equivalent time, it’s very crucial to make sure academic credibility, career opportunities, and future progress of students globally. Academic evaluation of students may be a vital milestone in any education system.”
Lack of clarity about competitive exams due to coronavirus pandemic has left the students preparing for JEE and NEET anxious and confused. They’re studying for hours, attending classes online, doing their revision, but motivation goes down with each passing day. Besides the extension of the lockdown period and a few media reports suggesting further extension also are creating fear of wasting a academic year.
Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the momentum required for the studies. The online classes are covering the curriculum, but the chance to interact with teachers/faculties is amiss. Besides, corona spread has its own effect on our psyche. The one-to-one interaction within the classroom environment provides a chance of solving the doubts at that moment itself. The queries of other students also enrich the discussion. I pray the exam date is announced soon.