Punjab CM postpones university, college exit exams till July 15

Final decision to depend on new UGC guidelines

Punjab CM postpones university, college exit exams till July 15

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28

Responding to the concerns expressed by students and parents on the conduct of examinations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday announced the postponement of exams for the final semester students in all universities of the state till July 15, a press release by the state government read.

The final decision on the subject will, however, be subject to the new directions/guidelines expected to be released by the University Grants Commission (UGC) any time.

Seeking to allay all confusion and uncertainty on this count, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said the postponement till July 15 would also give all stakeholders, especially the universities, time to adapt and align to the new guidelines that will come from the UGC.

An official spokesperson said Chief Minister Amarinder Singh felt there was a need to remove confusion from the minds of students, teachers and parents regarding safe conduct of examinations.

It may be recalled that universities in the state had taken a decision to conduct exams of the exit classes in the month of July 2020 in accordance with the guidelines issued by the UGC on April 29. The UGC had then announced that it would review the situation again. However, the decision regarding academic activities, especially conduct of examinations, is still awaited from the UGC.

The Chief Minister has been repeatedly pointing out that since all universities and colleges in Punjab were accredited/affiliated to the UGC, any decision on the exams could only be taken by the statutory body under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

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