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West Bengal: Education Ministry issues advisory to state-aided universities; read to know    

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Kolkata: A day after West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee announced the cancellation of pending higher secondary exams for standard XII students which were scheduled to happen next week, the state Education Department has written to vice-chancellors of state-funded universities regarding the UG and PG examinations for 2020 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the two-page advisory, it has been informed, for final year students of general degree courses, UG and PG level, 80 per cent weightage should be considered on the basis of best aggregate percentage obtained by the candidate in any of the previous semesters’ or years’ result and 20 per cent on internal assessment during the current semester or year as adopted by the University.

For students in professional courses such as law, engineering, management, pharmacy and others in their final semester, the universities will provide 80 per cent weightage on internal assessment or mid-semester exams best of the average of previous semesters’ results and 20 per cent on the basis of assignment based evaluation. The results of the final year may be declared within July 31.

The points in the advisory are:

  1. There should be parity amongst all universities in the State with regard to the mode of evaluation of students in all the streams. For the students in terminal semester/final year of the General Degree courses at UG/ PG level, 80 % weightage should be considered on the basis of the best aggregate percentage obtained by the candidate in any of the previous semesters/years’ results (e.g. last five semesters in UG and last three semesters in Post Graduate PG) and 20 % on internal assessment during the current semester/year, as adopted by the University.
  2. The result of final year or semester may be declared preferably within July 31, 2020.
  3. For the professional courses like Engineering, Law, Management, Pharmacy Teacher’s Training and other professional programs, the Universities in the State, running professional courses, should have parity among themselves regarding the mode of grading/evaluation in the terminal semester by providing 80 % weightage on internal assessment/mid-semester examination/best of the aggregate of previous semesters results and 20 % weightage on the basis of assignment based evaluation.
  4. If a student wishes to appear in a formal examination instead of an alternative evaluation method, as stated above, he/she should be given an opportunity to apply for the same through a process to be notified by the concerned university. However, the said exam should be conducted only after the situation gets normalised and the result of the said special exam may be published within one month of the examination being held. The final result marks should be revised as per the student’s performance in the special examination, irrespective of whether he/she secures more or less marks than what is awarded to him/her through alternate evaluation methods. To this effect, an undertaking may be obtained from the student before allowing him/her to appear in the special examination.
  5. For the intermediate semesters/years, all students shall be promoted to the next semester/year.
  6. The commencement of the next academic session shall be decided by the State Government when the COVID-19 situation permits so. The commencement date to be decided shall be uniform for all State Universities and binding as well.
  7. The portion of the academic session 2019-2020 affected by the imposition of lockdown should be treated as ‘classes attended’ by all the students/research scholars.
  8. There should be no enhancement in fees and no extra fees would be charged in the name of home assignment through online mode, etc.
  9. Netaji Subhas Open University should adopt the procedure to be followed by other open universities in the country including IGNOU and keep the Government informed.
  10. A special grievance cell should be opened in each university/college to deal with the grievances of the students related to the Academic & Examinations due to the prevailing situation.

Earlier on June 26, Chatterjee announced that the pending WBBSE Higher Secondary examinations 2020 have been cancelled. The standard XII West Bengal board exams scheduled for July 2, 4 and 6 have been cancelled following the Supreme Court hearing, wherein it was decided that the CBSE and ICSE exams were also cancelled.

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