New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh Government, recently said that only final year exams would be held in undergraduate courses as it issued guidelines for annual and semester examinations in state and private universities for the academic year 2020-21. First-year students will be directly promoted to the second year, while second-year students will be evaluated based on last year’s performance, the government further said. Deputy Chief Minister, Dinesh Sharma, said that in the universities, where the first-year exams in undergraduate courses were not held, the students will be promoted to the second year. In a statement, Sharma said, “for students in the second year, who have appeared in the first year examinations in 2020, their marks can be decided based on the score in the first year, and accordingly, they can be promoted to the third year.” He said that the exams for third-year students will be conducted, however, he did not mention when.
Sharma said that guidelines have also been issued for exams to post-graduate and semester courses. Practical tests will not be held, and the marks will be decided based on theory examinations. The oral examinations (viva voce), if needed, will be held online.
“The examination system will be simplified at the university level and the results will be declared by August 31,” Sharma said. He later added, “The academic session 2021-22 will begin from September 13, 2021.”
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government has extended relaxation in COVID-19 restrictions in all 75 districts of the state. The active cases are coming down to 600-mark in each of these districts. The night curfew from 7 pm to 7 am and weekend curfew (for the entire day) will, however, continue throughout the state, an official spokesman said. The relaxation was extended to 72 districts barring Meerut, Lucknow and Gorakhpur.
In a high-level meeting convened through a virtual medium, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reviewed the COVID-19 situation and decided to go ahead with the relaxations in the Covid curfew regions of the state.
With inputs from agencies