SRINAGAR: The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Thursday directed Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to go for offline examinations during this month in order to avoid physical gathering at the campuses.
UGC in a notification said, “Keeping in view 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.”
“However for conduct of online examinations, HEIs may decide suitably after assessing local conditions and ensuring that they are prepared in all respects following guidelines and directions issued by the government, Ministry of Education, or UGC from time to time to prevent spread of COVID-19,” it reads.
UGC also said that the directions are also aimed at providing much needed relief to the students, faculty and staff who are presently occupied in fighting COVID-19 in one way or another.
“The situation may be relooked by the HEIs next month for taking appropriate decisions in this regard,” reads the notification.
Meanwhile, the University of Kashmir (KU) has decided to conduct all its remaining PG and UG examinations in the online mode in view of the ongoing pandemic situation and ensure that there is no loss of students’ academic time. (KNO)