Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced on Tuesday that intermediate and final semester exams in the universities, technical education institutes, and colleges of the state have been cancelled. The decision to cancel semester exams has been taken keeping in view the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted the educational activities across the country.
Students will be promoted to the next class on the basis of internal assessment and previous semester marks, according to a report by the Press Trust of India.
“Haryana Government has decided not to conduct final semester exams in universities, colleges, and institutes of technical education. Students will be promoted to the next semester,” Mr. Kattar said on social media.
Earlier, the Haryana Higher and Technical Education Department had said all terminal examinations of final semesters will be conducted from July 1 to 31, according to the PTI report.
COVID-19 And University Exams
Many states and institutes have already decided to promote college and university students to next semester, as conducting exam during COVID-19 was not possible.
Meanwhile, some institutes, including Delhi University, have decided to conduct online exam for final year students.
According to PTI, Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal has said that universities may conduct online exams if it is “fully prepared and equipped” and students are able to sit for exams. Students will be given the option to improve their grades on the basis of a written exam, once the COVID-19 situation improves.
Arrears And Distance Education Students
“Students with academic arrears in previous examinations may also be exempted and promoted to the next semester on the average basis of the previous examinations. The same formula will also be applicable for distance education and private students,” according to the report.
First year students, however, will be promoted on the basis of internal assessment marks only.
“Practical examinations where ever not conducted so far, the marks are to be awarded as an average of all previous practical examinations or the 80 per cent average of theory examinations marks of previous semesters whichever is higher,” Mr. Pal told PTI.
“Admissions to university teaching departments shall be conducted at the their level, whereas for undergraduate and postgraduate levels in colleges, a centralised online admission process will be held by the Higher Education Department,” according to the report.
The promotion of students will be carried out in a similar manner for the students of polytechnic institutes as well.