The Delhi Education Minister, Manish Sisodia has said that the state will not prescribe any specific evaluation procedure, but the universities have been left to devise on a progressive system that doesn't involve exams.
Delhi’s deputy chief minister and Education minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday announced that all university and college examinations, including final year exams in state-run universities, will be scrapped in the view of the Coronavirus crisis.
The minister said that marks evaluation will be awarded based on internal assessment and previous examinations decided by the universities.
Sisodia tweeted, “In light of the major disruptions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, Delhi govt has decided to cancel all Delhi state university exams including final exams.”
In a press conference, while speaking about the exam cancellation issue the minister said, “Throughout this whole semester there were minimal studies. All laboratories and other such facilities were closed. We believe that it is difficult to conduct exams when regular classes have not been held. Delhi Government has decided to cancel all final-year and semester examinations for all semesters in state-run universities.”
Manish Sisodia added the state will not prescribe any specific evaluation procedure but the universities have been left to devise a progressive system that doesn't involve exams.
Delhi Government’s decision comes after the University Grants Commission (UGC) had asked all universities to conduct final semester exams by September 30.
Sisodia said that the government was planning to approach the Centre on the matter of exam cancellation. “Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will write a letter to the Prime Minister requesting him to cancel exams for students across all central universities as well,” he added.
Ministers or officials from Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab and West Bengal have written, or said they will write, to the Centre stating that it is not possible to conduct examination considering the current situation.The new UGC guidelines had come under huge criticism from states, students and teachers in various social media platforms.
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