In cases where the situation does not appear to be normal due to Covid-19, the state government today announced a new scheme called Merit Based Progression. Under this, the undergraduate students, other than final semester candidates, would be graded based on performance in previous semester and internal exam marks. In case, a candidate wants to enhance his/her academic performance, the person can appear for the semester exam in the next term, according to the notification.
The duration of the exam will be reduced to two hours instead of three and if required they will be held in multiple shifts, according to the government notification. The government decision is based on University Grants Commission (UGC) recommendations which was declared on April 28. Many students took to social media, urging the state government to declare exam dates. Some in their final semester raised concerns about their job interviews being stuck due to uncertainty in completion of their degree.
The terminal exam for final year undergraduate students as well as second and fourth semester PG candidates will be held by maintaining “social distancing”, safety and other health measures.
For candidates in their intermediate semesters of 2, 4 and 6 undergraduate courses, grading would be composite of 50% marks on the basis of the pattern of internal evaluation adopted by the universities and the remaining 50% marks will be awarded on the basis of performance in previous semester.
There however needs to be more clarity about grading of students who have not been able to clear all the subjects in the previous semester, said sources.
UGC in its recent guidelines has also directed all varsities in the country to set up a cell for handling grievances of students related to examinations and other academic activities arising due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The academic session 2020-21 will commence from the August 1 for old students and from the September 1 for fresh students.