Sunday, 21 June 2020 () In a move that will significantly improve access to higher education, over 200 universities can soon offer online degree courses as the University Grants Commission is changing the criteria for their eligibility.
While speaking to ANI in the national capital on July 09, the Secretary of University Grants Commission (UGC), Professor Rajnish Jain spoke on importance of fresh guidelines for academic calendar and examinations. He said, "Conducting final year examinations for graduation or post-graduation courses is very important, and the safety of students is our prime concern."
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) postponed all end-semester examinations scheduled for July until further notice. The decision was taken in the wake coronavirus pandemic. "Due to increasing number of coronavirus infection, Aligarh Muslim University has suspended all examinations of session 2019-20. The exams were scheduled to hold in July," said the Public Relation Officer of AMU, Omer Salem Peerzada. AMU said that further decision on the matter will be communicated after University Grants Commission (UGC) releases its guidelines on examinations.
University Grants Commission Chairman DP Singh informed that under Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, top 100 universities accounting to National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranking will run online classes without prior approval of UGC for 2020-21. "We will soon bring out an integrated version of Open and Distance Learning and online regulation after MHRD's approval. Under Atma Nirbhar Bharat, top 100 Universities accounting to NIRF ranking, will run online classes without prior approval of UGC for 20-21 session," said Singh.