Hyderabad: Given the prevailing coronavirus situation, the authorities concerned are mulling the option of cancelling the undergraduate examinations and promoting all the students.
This is likely to be done on the basis of the score obtained by students in their earlier semester examinations, with final year students handed over their degrees and students in the intermediate semester promoted to the next semester. This option is being worked out for the conventional degree courses and could be extended to professional courses including engineering and pharmacy among others.
This proposal to cancel the exams may also be extended to PG courses. Earlier, it was planned to hold examinations for the final year students of both UG and PG courses.
On Thursday, Education Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy convened a high-level meeting to review the examinations for academic year 2019-20 and to prepare an action plan for conducting academics in the next year 2020-21.
The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Special Chief Secretary to Government (Education) Chitra Ramachandran, Telangana State Council of Higher Education Chairman Prof T Papi Reddy, TSCHE vice-chairman-I, Prof R Limbadri, TSCHE vice-chairman-II Prof V Venkata Ramana and other universities’ officials. The proposal to promote UG students without exams was discussed at length and it was agreed in principle, sources revealed.
“Given the prevailing situation, the exams cannot be held. So a proposal to promote intermediate semester students besides passing final year students on the basis of earlier semester exams was mooted. A formula may be
worked out for the same,” sources said, adding that a final decision will have to be taken by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.
A fresh academic year for intermediate semester students is being planned after August 15 and for newly admitted students, it is likely to commence in first week of September. However, this plan will be subject to situations prevailing then.