Odisha College Exam News: UG, PG Exams likely to be held in Odisha

Odisha College Exam News: UG, PG Exams likely to be held in Odisha

BHUBANESWAR: The state is likely to conduct final semester/year examinations of undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) courses. Higher Education Minister Arun Kumar Sahu said this after a discussion with all the Vice Chancellors (VCs) of the state’s public universities here on Saturday.

“Exams are most likely to be held this year. It should be operated. In view of this, I request everyone to continue with the process of teaching learning as usual,” said the minister at the VC meeting.

Sahu said the VC will hold an in-depth discussion with the principals and faculty members of degree colleges and students of higher educational institutions about conducting the exams this year. “The final decision on the matter will come after VCs will come up with a solution on June 18 after holding discussions with students, teachers and heads of higher educational institutions,” he said.

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He said the vice-chancellors have requested him to give him some time to take a final decision on the matter. He said that the Vice Chancellor will hold discussions with the students of both urban and rural areas regarding the conduct of UG and PG examinations.

“Last year, a nationwide lockdown was imposed from March 25, but this year Odisha has imposed a lockdown from May 5 to break the chain of Covid infection. Hence there has been a delay in the examination and other processes. Though it is getting delayed, most of the institutes have agreed that they will complete the course by the end of June,” said Sahu.

In the VC meeting, the minister discussed the process of conducting UG and PG exams last year amid the pandemic. He has also narrated how the state government had canceled the UG and PG final semester/ year examinations last year and then later changed its decision due to the direction issued by the Supreme Court for the conduct of examinations.

The Minister said that online classes are going on in the degree colleges and universities of the Higher Education Department. “Our department has issued instructions to these institutes to continue online classes. It is important to continue the process of teaching learning,” he said.

Rama Devi Mahila Vishwavidyalaya Vice-Chancellor Aparajita Choudhary said that she and other VCs are interested in conducting the final year/semester exams. “We will inform the minister on June 18 about our final decisions regarding the examination,” he said.

The minister also discussed about online classes, mode of UG and PG examinations (if it happens), Institutional Development Scheme, Common Entrance Test for PG admissions, NAAC accreditation, research works, projects and other issues related to universities in the VC meeting. is discussed.

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