West Bengal government is asking state universities to hold final exams in October
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KOLKATA: The West Bengal government on Monday asked state universities to hold college and university final exams between October 1st and 18th. A senior official from the Department of Higher Education attended a virtual meeting between Vice Chancellor and Minister of Education Partha Chatterjee, said it was unanimously decided that the final exams should take place between October 1st and 18th, amid a Supreme Court decision on that day Subject to be completed.

The Supreme Court ruled on August 28 that states and universities cannot sponsor students without holding final exams by September 30.

However, a state must contact UGC if it cannot conduct exams by September 30, the Apex court had said.

The modalities of the exams, online or offline according to the COVID-19 protocols, would be determined by the university concerned in consultation with stakeholders, the official said.

The meeting also decided that the results of the final semester for arts and science flows of Jadavpur University and Presidency University, already announced according to the criteria of the 80:20 evaluation, are not valid and the two universities should take the exams as Well, he said.

The two prestigious educational institutions and another state university had largely adhered to the July 6 recommendation made by the University Department for assessment and the 80:20 pattern of previous semester’s performance.

However, the department will not make new recommendations on the matter and leave it to universities to decide on the process of conducting the exams, the official said.

Following the decision of the Supreme Court, Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “I told our Minister of Education to look into the possibility of taking the final exams at universities and colleges before Durga Puja in October. The options for online and offline exams should be explored . ”

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