No examinations for first year and second year College students, but final year examinations will be conducted soon.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) will be developing a new method of assessing and evaluating online education in the country, the Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD), Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced this today.
The minister was addressing a live interaction with authorities of Colleges and Universities on his social media pages, hosted by NAAC. The topic of today’s discussion was "Turning challenges to opportunities: COVID-19 pandemic and measures to combat higher education institutes of India."
The minister began his session by saying that the education department in the country has been working relentlessly, maintaining consistency by conducting online classes. He reiterated the importance of online education, stating that it is the upcoming future of the education sector.
“Education, even if conducted virtually, should not falter and hence, NAAC will be creating a new system of assessing colleges and universities for their online education procedures. Details of this would be revealed later,” the minister said.
The objective of the live interaction was to address various issues and challenges that teachers and professors, students and faculties, alike, have been facing and demanding answers to about the fate of the education system.
Addressing some of them, the minister pointed out that final year College examinations will be conducted, but if the situation does not improve, it’ll be held at a later date than July. However, first year and second year undergraduate students do not have to appear for the exams.
First-year students will be assessed on the basis of their previous academic records, and second-year students will be promoted based on 50 per cent of internal marks, and previous year or semester marks.
Safety concerns of the students, teachers, invigilators, and parents, during the exams, were pacified by the minister as he pointed out that the HRD ministry has instituted task forces under the University Grants Commission (UGC) and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). It is their responsibility to make safety guidelines and protocols to be maintained for conducting examinations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
A special helpline will be opened by the UGC to ensure help to students if they are in need of it. There will be helpline numbers started under these task forces that students can call on and register their grievances and complaints.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) had launched an app called National Testing Abhyas for conducting NEET 2020 and JEE 2020 mock tests to replace the test centres that were forced to close. The outcome of this initiative has been a huge success, with over 4,70,000 downloads, Pokhriyal said.
“We have managed to bring our education to the internet and on broadcast channels using Swayam Prabha. Crores of Students have used Diksha and ePathshala. Swayam is now the largest platform in the world of its kind,” said the minister. The goal is to ensure that every student, even in the most remote areas, has access to education even if they do not have internet access.
With this promise of large-scale success, he hoped to achieve global recognition of the online education system in India and believes that soon foreign students would be logging into this system. A new education policy will be launched with its focus on Science, technology, India’s cultural heritage and the creation of a new India that is “Swasth, Swachh, Shashakt and Shrestha Bharat.”
More than 600 higher education institutes have been converted into isolation and quarantine centres, read a tweet by the minister shortly after his live interaction. He thanked the schools, colleges and universities for their valuable contribution.
Wrapping up the session, Professor D. P. Singh said that UGC has been working on newer schemes, addressing academic issues and mental health of its students. About 167 institutes have been converted into ‘mentor institutes’ and they hope to mentor 936 more.
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