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Three Punjab universities may hold final-year exams in July

It was discussed in a meeting of state government officials with vice-chancellors of Panjab University, Punjabi University and Guru Nanak Dev University
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Dar Ovais
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2020 02:47 AM IST

The Punjab higher education department has advised that examinations of all final year (exit) classes be held in July if the lockdown is lifted.

In a video-conference on Wednesday, the vice-chancellors and controllers of exams of Panjab University, Chandigarh; Punjabi University, Patiala; and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and state government officials discussed policies regarding examinations and admissions for the next session in universities and colleges of the state.

The 10-page report of a UGC panel and Covid exit strategy of Punjab state was tabled in the meeting for discussion.

Rahul Bhandari, secretary of higher education and languages, Punjab, said, “In the meeting, it was discussed that examination of final-year students could be conducted between July 1 to 15 if the lockdown is lifted.”

“After the lockdown is lifted, all universities will hold 15 to 20-day classes and thereafter conduct their examinations. The plan is to hold a two-hour exam with more choices for students,” said Bhandari.

This was the second such meeting since the department of higher education and languages of Punjab government wrote to the three universities seeking their suggestions about exams.

PU’s controller of examinations, Parvinder Singh, who was also in the meeting, said, “All vice -chancellors agreed with decisions taken in the meeting. It was also discussed that the next session should begin in September. Requisite arrangements will be made once exam dates are notified.”

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