Vice-chancellors and examiners of state public universities, as well as heads of autonomous colleges and other college graduates, will attend the meeting via videoconference. University Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo, Secretary Saswat Mishra and other department officials will discuss the schedule of the final exams with representatives from colleges and universities.
They will discuss preparing for college and university final exams during this pandemic. “Representatives from the higher education institutions will share how to handle the exam. They can also share what they need for a well-coordinated and safe exam. We will also discuss other related issues,” said a senior education official .
Berhampur University successfully ran its UG exams before the Covid-19 hit the state. Only PG checks are carried out. Fakir Mohan University, Balasore and Shri Jagannath Sanskrit Vishvavidyalaya, Puri also completed most of the UG exams before the Covid-19 restrictions go into effect in the state.
On Friday, the minister told the media that they would be planning their next course of action on the UG and PG final semester exams after going through the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) Supreme Court order of July 6 to conduct final semester exams.
The Supreme Court found in its order that the UGC guideline for the mandatory final examination is correct. Students in the last semester / year cannot be promoted without the exams. The UGC had issued its revised guidelines on July 6th to hold final exams by September 30th.
On June 11th, the university department decided to cancel both theoretical and practical tests of the final semester / last year of the UG and PG courses. But following the decision of the Supreme Court, the government is preparing to conduct these investigations.