UGC releases SOP for the semester-end examinations

UGC along with the HRD has released the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the semester-end examinations.

UGC releases SOP for the semester-end examinations

The University Grants Commission (UGC) along with the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has released the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the semester-end examinations on July 9, 2020. The SOP was curated and issued two days after the release of the revised guidelines by the UGC.

According to the revised guidelines issued by the UGC, these examinations will be conducted in online/offline or blended (online plus offline) mode. Terminal semester students who were to be assessed through examinations in the month of July will now have their examinations conducted by the end of September 2020. At the same time, intermediate semester students will be assessed on the basis of an internal assessment.

However, the decision taken by the UGC has received a lot of criticism with regards to the COVID-19 situation in the country. Several netizens took to Twitter to speak out against the decision. Varun Sardesai, Secretary of the Yuva Sena had also initiated the demand for the cancellation of exams on July 7, 2020. Sardesai, speaking about the unfair decision, also stated his concerns regarding the online infrastructure and its availability to the poor rural parts of our country where an online examination may not be a feasible option.

Meanwhile, as per the SOP, admit/identity cards that have been authorized to the students should be treated as a pass for movement. The state government should further authorize instructions to all local authorities in order for them to issue movement passes to invigilators and all personnel engaged in the process of conducting the examinations.

Speaking about the sanitization and the hygiene measures, the SOP stated that the examination halls must be sprayed with disinfectant including floor, walls, gates, doors etc. Sanitizer bottles along with liquid hand wash should be arranged at the entry gate, exam room, staff/observer room etc. The seating area of candidates should be thoroughly sanitized after every session. Even washrooms should also be cleaned and disinfected.

In order to make sure that healthy individuals are walking in for the examinations, measures like thermal checking will be done at the staff entrance point. Fresh masks and gloves would also be used by exam functionaries after staff verification is completed.

Furthermore, social distancing protocols must be maintained at all times.

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