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New Academic Calendar, Vacations, Conducting College Exams — New Task for Modi Govt

Apr 11 2020 12:17PM

The Modi government is working on a contingency plan for the higher education sector as the academic calendar has been disturbed due to the ongoing Covid-19 epidemic.

The plan, which is probably to be declared after 14 April, will consist of an alternate academic calendar, ways to conduct examinations for colleges and universities, a fresh schedule for vacations and a declaration of results.

Besides this, the plan will also include suggestions to enhance the career prospects of students.

UGC, The University Grants Commission had on 6 April formed a seven-member committee to look into a contingency plan.

The committee is headed by the vice-chancellor of the Central University of Haryana, R.C. Kuhad. Other members incorporate the vice-chancellors of Banasthali Vidyapith, Panjab University and the Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya, the director of Inter-University Accelerator Centre and two joint secretaries of the UGC.

Committee combing through UGC Regulations

The secretary asserted that the committee is looking at the existing options, like going through various rules and statutes of UGC and how they can be implemented in the current situation.

“ For now our concern is conducting exams on time and commencing the new academic session so that students are not at loss,” he told. “The commission is looking for ways in which this can be done by going through the existing rules and norms of UGC.

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