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UGC asks universities to postpone all offline exams scheduled in May

Institutions can take decision on online exams assessing the local situation


In view of the alarming surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed universities and colleges to put off all the offline examinations scheduled in May.

“Keeping in view of the current scenario of COVID-19, it is requested that Higher Education Institutions may keep the offline examinations in abeyance during May, 2021 to avoid physical gathering at the campuses and also to provide much needed relief to the students, faculty and staff who are presently occupied in COVID-19 in one way or other,” UGC secretary Rajnish Jain said in a letter to the vice chancellors of universities and principals of colleges.

With regard to conducting online examinations, the UGC said that the higher education institutions can decide suitably after assessing local conditions and ensuring that they follow the guidelines of the government to prevent the spread of the virus.

“The situation may relooked by the HEIs during next month for taking appropriate decision in this regard,” the letter said.

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