Delhi University and other private or government universities are closed since March 16 due to which government-appointed committee recommends shifting new academic session.
The central government announced countrywide lockdown due to which industries, education institutions like Delhi University, and what not were closed down. Considering this the government-appointed committee is recommending to shift the traditional start of the mid-July session to September for all the higher studies.
Due to COVID19 the academic session of 2020-21 year is officially getting delayed.
On Friday, committee set up by University Grant Commission (UGC) submitted its report. The committee was formed to handle the issue related to the examination and the academic calendar. The seven-member committee urged to shift the session in the wake of classroom shutdown.
How long the Delay?
However, delay in the academic session is predicted, because none of the entrance exam being held on time. Furthermore, after so many months, students have the fuzzy picture of expected delay for the first time.
While, in regard to the postponement of the academic session by two months, the task force mentioned that the year-end or semester-end exams which are due to scheduled in May to be held in July.
The seven-member committee consists of R C Kuhad, Vice-Chancellor of Haryana Central University. He is heading the panel. Moreover, Director A C Pandey, Inter-University Accelerator Centre; Aditya Shastri, vice-chancellor of Banasthali Vidyapeeth; and Raj Kumar, head of Panjab University are some other prominent members of the committee.
According to the report submitted by the committee, UGC will draw up the guidelines for Delhi University examinations and academic calendars for the 2020-21 year. Whereas the higher education institutions are not bounded to follow the guidelines. But they should lay the outer time limit for the start of the new academic year”. said an anonymous official source.
Appeal to Extend Admission Date
As soon as the UGC accepts the recommendations made by the committee, owing to the Union Government to approach the Supreme Court. Since the government has to appeal to extend the last date for admission in medical programmers (August 31). Additionally, technical applications such as engineering admission last date are 15th August.
Although date for such programmes are mandated by the top court and hence before tinkering with it requires permission.
Another task force set up to monitor and recommend on online examination has advised against it. Despite of Delhi University looking to conduct online exams mandatory. “Considering the diversity, composition of students and preparedness, current infrastructure and technology support”, they said to postpone it. The online learning committee is headed by Vice-Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University, Nageshwar Rao.
The statutory body for higher education, the University Grant Commission has taken a view of all the suggestions and will decide soon.
Source: Indian Express