The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Saturday issued a notice clarifying that two committees have been constituted to look into the issues being faced by the universities and colleges regarding teaching-learning processes, examinations, admissions, academic calendar and other related issues in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and countrywide lockdown, to avoid academic loss and take appropriate measures for the future of students.
The UGC’s guidelines will be based on the suggestions given by the two committees which were formed earlier. These committees have submitted their reports to the Commission.
The first committee under the chairmanship of Professor RC Kuhad, former member UGC and Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Haryana, was given the responsibility to look into the issues related to examinations and academic calendar.
The second committee under the chairmanship of Professor Nageshwar Rao, Vice-Chancellor, and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was asked to look into issues related to the promotion of online education.
“The reports which was submitted by both the committees on April 24 will be discussed in the UGC Commission meeting and based on the decision of the Commission, after which UGC will issue guidelines/ advisories, next week, to the universities and colleges regarding the measures to be taken for the current academic session as well as next academic session in the larger interest of the student community,” the statement added.
Many media reports said that “the academic session be started from September than July. The second panel has suggested that universities should conduct online exams if they have the infrastructure and means or wait for the lockdown to get over and then decide a date for pen-and-paper examinations”.