Covid-19 Crisis : UGC going to set new academic calendar
New Delhi : University Grants Commission (UGC) panel has finally come up with a proposal for the new academic calendar for Universities and colleges through the nation. According to the report, the academic session in the Universities and higher education institutions can be started from September instead of July in view the novel coronavirus situation in India.
The seven members panel set up by UGC submitted the report on Friday. The committee were constituted by the UGC to look into the issues of academic loss and online education in the wake of the lockdown in the country due to covid-19 outbreak.
One of the committee led by Haryana University Vice-Chancellor RC Kuhad was formed to look into the ways of conducting examination in universities amid the lockdown and work on an alternative academic calendar. The second committee led by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) VC Nageswar Rao suggests measures to improve online education.
according to TOI report , “one panel has recommended that the academic session be started from September than July. The second panel has suggested that Universities should conduct online examination if they have the infrastructures and means or wait for the lockdown to get over and then decide a date for offline examinations “
However, due to nationwide lockdown, Schools and Universities across the nation have been closed since March 16 when the Union Government announced a countrywide classroom shutdown as one of the measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
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