Panel Recommends Entrance Test For Admission In All Universities, Decision Likely By 30th April

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DU Admissions 2020: After a panel meeting on Monday, the University Grants Commission (UGC) is set to submit its report to the Ministry of HRD on April 29 concerning the academic session 2020-21. After thorough consideration, the guidelines would be issued to all the Central and State Universities. The guidelines, however, would be advisory in nature and not mandatory.

The recommendations call for online entrance examinations in the Universities for admission to BA, BSc, and BCom. “The UGC chairman DP Singh has been authorized to approve a final decision and the guidelines will be issued by Wednesday,” a senior official said. Additionally, the Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has called for a meeting today with the State education ministers to discuss the navigation in academics.

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Speculations are that the tentative cut-off date for the new session would be August-September while 40% of the syllabus should be completed online to compensate for the academic loss. While the Universities would likely be given flexibility in deciding the details of the examinations and admission process, the winter vacations are anticipated to be scraped off.

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Under the supervision of the Ministry of HRD, the UGC had constituted two committees to fill in recommendations pertaining to the academic loss and online classes in the wake of Covid-19. One committee was chaired by Professor RC Kuhad, a former member of the UGC and Vice-Chancellor: Central University of Haryana. It was “given the responsibility to look into the issues related to examinations and academic calendar.” The other committee was chaired by Prof Nageshwar Rao, Vice-Chancellor: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and was asked: “to look into issues promoting online education.”

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The regulatory body might suggest Universities in green zones to go on board with the examination and admission process, i.e. cities where the virus has not affected people. However, it will call for a delay in places that have been marked as red and orange zones. Meanwhile, JNU is scheduled to open its campus from 1st June in a phased manner. The students have to self-isolate themselves for 2 weeks, following which they will be tested for the coronavirus.

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