"The Home Ministry in a letter to Union Higher Education Secretary, today permitted the conduct of examinations by Universities and Institutions," an official statement read.


End-of-term exams in colleges and educational institutions -- pending since March because of the lockdown to slow the coronavirus infection -- can now be held, maintaining all safety measures, the Union Home Ministry has said. Within hours, the University Grants Commission released fresh guidelines, saying the end-of-term exams can be held in September.

The ministry wrote to the Higher Education Secretary, permitting the long pending exams as part of Unlock 2 – the second phase of lifting the restrictions. The final term examinations are to be compulsorily conducted as per the UGC Guidelines and academic calendar for the Universities and as per the Standard Operating Procedure approved by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the letter said.

Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal "Nishank" -- who asked the University Grants Commission yesterday to "revisit" the academic calendar and guidelines released in Apri -- tweeted:

Evaluation of the terminal semester students which was to be done through examinations in the month of July, now their examinations will be conducted by the end of September-2020, following the guidelines laid down by @MoHFW_INDIA for #COVID--19," his second tweet read.

According to the new guidelines, the final university exams can be held online and offline. In case a student cannot appear in September, provisions will be made so she can take the exams later.


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Recently, the Gujarat government reversed its decision to conduct final year examinations, within hours of announcing it.