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New academic calendar, vacations, how to conduct college exams — latest task for Modi govt

Govt has formed seven-member panel to work on a contingency plan for higher education sector disrupted by Covid-19 pandemic. Announcement expected after 14 April. 


New Delhi: The Modi government is working on a contingency plan for the higher education sector as the academic calendar has been disrupted because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.  

The plan, which is likely to be announced after 14 April, will include an alternate academic calendar, ways to conduct exams for colleges and universities, a new schedule for vacations and announcement of results.  

Apart from this, the plan will also include suggestions to improve the career prospects of students.  

The University Grants Commission (UGC) had on 6 April constituted a seven-member committee to look into a contingency plan.  

The committee is headed by the vice-chancellor of the Central University of Haryana, R.C. Kuhad. Other members include the vice-chancellors of Banasthali Vidyapith, Panjab University and the Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya, the director of Inter University Accelerator Centre and two joint secretaries of the UGC.  

“We have an unforeseen situation at hand and no one knows when colleges and universities can re-open, which is why there is a need to have a contingency plan. A committee has been constituted to look into all the aspects of higher education,” UGC secretary Rajnish Jain told ThePrint.

“It will look at several issues, including an alternate academic calendar, possibility of conducting exams during the current scenario and announcement of results. The members of the committee are highly experienced academicians and we are sure they will be able to come up with the best solution for all the issues.”