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West Bengal Education Minister - Universities will Take Decision Regarding Semester Exams after Lockdown Ends


West Bengals education minister has stated that the states varsities will take the call of conducting semester exams after the lockdown is lifted.
  • With the uncertainty over the conduction of semester exams in most varsities across the country, students are fuelled with anxiety, demanding a final decision from the government. West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee on Friday said universities will take the decision on ways of conducting semester exams after the end of the lockdown, and the government will not interfere in their autonomy. Varsities will have the freedom of taking their own decisions regarding the semester exams when they reopen after the lockdown.
  • Chatterjee told reporters he was informed by vice chancellors of several universities that they are already working out the modalities to conduct the final semester exams in consultation with faculty members.
  • "The universities will decide on their own about the day of opening of affiliated colleges, about the ways of conducting final semester exams," he said.
  • The constant questions by the students all over the country regarding a decision on semester exams has put a lot of pressure on the state governments. According to UGC guidelines, semester exams for final year students will be conducted and students from first and second year will be passed on the bases of internal assessment.

Humane approach towards semester exam decision

  • The minister said higher education institutions have been asked to display a humane approach with regard to attendance and internal assessment factors in view of the COVID-19 scenario.
  • "The vice chancellors are meeting today to discuss about the semester issue and academic calendar. They will deliberate among themselves and inform the higher education department about their recommendations later on," he said.
  • VCs of different state universities were present at the meeting, West Bengal Vice-Chancellors Council general secretary Subiresh Bhattacharya said.
  • Chatterjee added that universities suffered damages worth Rs 40 crore due to cyclone ''Amphan''.
  • He said the state government will actively encourage planting of trees in varsities where green cover was reduced in the fierce storm.

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