COVID-19: Colleges to reopen in August, says UGC

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University Grants Commission (UGC)

NEW DELHI — College sessions will begin in August for current students and September for new ones, the University Grants Commission (UGC) said on Wednesday.

Schools and colleges have been closed across the country since last month amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Detailing the guidelines for examinations and academic calendar for the universities in view of the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent lockdown, the commission said the exams for final semester students will be conducted in July.

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“Intermediate students will be graded based on internal assessment of the present and previous semester. In States where the COVID-19 situation has normalised, there will be exams in the month of July. For terminal semester students, exams will be held in July,” the UGC said.

“Universities may follow a six-day week pattern and devise proforma to record travel or stay history of staff and students for the lockdown period. Extension of six months will be granted to MPhil, PhD students and viva-voice be conducted through video conference,” it added.

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The commission clarified that the guidelines are advisory in nature and universities may chalk out their own plan taking into consideration issues pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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