The Delhi government cancelled all the exams in the state-run universities. This decision is for students studying in all semesters including the final years. The Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia informed that the grades will be assessed based on the previous semesters.
The Minister announced that “Throughout this whole semester there were minimal studies. All laboratories and other such facilities were closed. We believe that it is difficult to conduct exams when regular classes have not been held. Delhi Government has decided to cancel all final-year and semester examinations for all semesters in state-run universities.”
Further the mode of consideration of the marks have been left to the universities and has been asked to evaluate on a “progressive” system without an exam.
This decision is set to impact the universities including Ambedkar University, Delhi Technological University, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University For Women. However, central universities such as Delhi University (DU), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), etc. need not abide by this decision.
This decision has been made after the University Grants Commission (UGC) ordered the universities to schedule its exams by September 30. This led a spark to various people such as students, teachers, staffs for taking a risk in their life. They accused the MHRD with this regard. Also, the officials from Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab and West Bengal said to the centre that the situation is not feasible to hold the exams.
HRD Minister backed up the UGC’s decision by stating that the exams are a “reflection of their (students’) ability, performance and reliability that is essential for global acceptance”.
Also, the state’s decision to conduct online open-book exams has come to a halt as it faced several criticisms quoting that not all people have equal internet facilities to take up the exams. The fresh guidelines from UGC brought this method to look on again.