Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has said in an announcement that it has announced the postponement of final semester examinations in all the universities and colleges of the state till July 15.
The Government has taken this decision in view of the concerns expressed by the parents of such students in the conduct of examinations amidst the COVID-19 epidemic.
However, the State Grants Commission has also said that the final decision on this subject will be issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC), subject to new instructions/guidelines.
Regarding the uncertainty on this count, Singh said the postponement till July 15 would allow time to adapt and align with the new guidelines coming from all stakeholders, universities and UGC.
The Chief Minister realized that there is a confusion in the minds of the most outgoing parents about safe conduct of examinations and there is a need to remove them.
As per the guidelines issued by the UGC on 29 April, all the universities in Punjab had decided to conduct exit class examination in July 2020.
On this, the UGC had announced that it would take a final decision only after re-reviewing the situation. But its decision is still stalled. But its decision is still pending because UGC will take the last decision of when all academic activities and examinations should be conducted.
All the universities and colleges of Punjab are UGC accredited and hence the examination can be decided by a statutory body, Ministry of Human Resource Development, run by the Government of India.
Both the government and UGC are having difficulty in taking decisions on this because the outbreak of COVID 19 is not taking its name. But the loss of students is also being seen in it.