NEW DELHI: The UGC or University Grants Commission held a conference to discuss a report submitted by a seven-member committee on Monday, April 27 which has, among other things, recommended start of the new academic term in universities and colleges from September.
The important instructions will be established by the UGC and issued in colleges and colleges in the coming week. Normally, this session starts in the month of July each year.
A report by another experts committee on online education was also discussed during the aforementioned meeting.
Prof Rajnish Jain, the secretary representing UGC, said: "The meeting was held during the evening to thoroughly discuss the committee reports. Many UGC members have given their suggestions on the reports."
Jain said: "After incorporating the suggestions offered by UGC members on the two-panel reports, necessary instructions are going to be issued by the UGC soon."
The seven-member committee was created by the UGC so as to give recommendations on the commencement of the new academic calendar and conduct of higher education examinations across the country.
Haryana Central University Vice-Chancellor RC Kohar heads the UGC-appointed panel, with AC Pandey, Aditya Shastri and Raj Kumar as members.
The panel in one among its recommendations suggested that the academic sessions be started two months late.
Schools, colleges and universities across India got shut since March 15.
The expert panel acknowledged that the examinations couldn't be held as per the earlier schedule because of the lockdown. So, it suggested, the examinations at the end of the course or semester should now be held in July.
The UGC-appointed expert's committee headed by IGNOU VC Nageshwar Rao on online education is in favour of adopting online examinations in view of the academic infrastructure, the varied range of higher education institutions and local influences.
Once the UGC gives the go-ahead to the recommendations, the govt. will need to adopt a legal course of action to postpone the last date of admissions to medical and technical institutions.
In the normal course, the last date for admissions to engineering institutions is august 15 and for medical colleges August 31.