Bengaluru: ‘Examinations only for final semester students; promotion for others’ - DCM

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Bengaluru, Jul 10: In a major decision to protect the lives and safety of students on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Government has decided to promotion of all intermediate semester students of degree and post-graduation courses and also diploma courses without examinations for the academic year 2019-20.

However, examinations for all final semester students will be held by September 2020.

The decisions taken by the State Government in accordance with University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines, have been approved by the State Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, who is also the Chancellor of all the Universities in Karnataka.

Karnataka’s Deputy Chief Minister (DCM) Dr C N Ashwathanarayan, who is the minisrer for Higher Education, announced that the decisions were taken after consulting educationalists and University Vice Chancellors taking into consideration the well-being, safety and future of students.

UGC guidelines have also been duly taken into account, he said making it clear that the decisions will be limited to the academic year 2019-20 only.

“Covid19 has disrupted the education system as classes could not be held on time. Online learning introduced during the lockdown has received good responses and the State Government promptly tried its best to reach the last person in the chain.

Amid these, the Government mulled on conducting offline classes and examinations too, but owing to increase in the viral spread those thoughts have been dropped and it has been decided to pass and promote all intermediate semester students,’’ the Deputy Chief Minister said.

He explained that the Universities have been intimated to conduct examinations for all the final year/semester students.

“Intermediate semester students will be assessed based on a comprehensive evaluation scheme with internal assessment marks and previous year’s/semester’s marks considered in a 50:50 ratio. For students in their first semester/year, the evaluation will be completely based on internal assessment marks”, Dr Ashwath Narayan said.

“If the students wish to better their scores, provisions will be made for them to face examinations during the next semester and the students who fail to succeed in the comprehensive evaluation process shall face examinations for respective subjects during the next semester. Backlog subjects will be allowed to carry over as well,’’ he clarified.

Examinations for final semester students

“Final semester exams will be conducted with due consideration given to students’ academic evaluation and their future lives. Academic evaluation forms the core of the higher education system and hence academic performance of students needs to be considered. Companies too will base their assessments on an individual student’s academic excellence and grades he/she secured. Thus, it would be pushing the students to danger in the future if examinations were not to be conducted now. In this regard, all universities have been informed to prepare themselves and make suitable arrangements for the conduct of final semester examinations”, he said.

Online classes to begin from Sept 1

“Online classes for the academic year 2020-21 will begin from September 1 and offline classes from October 1. All universities and affiliated colleges have been directed to make suitable arrangements in that regard,’’ he added.


A helpline number has been set up to address the concerns of the students - 080-22341394. 




Comment on this article

  • JYOTHI SHUKLA, Bangalore

    Sun, Jul 12 2020

    I don't understand what's happening why are the UGC not understanding writing exams without having proper classes is difficult for the students ....though we had online classes but then too their were many problems like network issues data issues not understanding the concept as clearly as we understand in offline classes there were no proper classes held bcz of this pandemic ...we students have attended only 2 months of our classes when our syllabus were also not completed....and test were only online which were not useful for us....our practicals have also not been completed yet....and having a threat about this pandemic how can we give 100% in our exams more than having concentration on exams we will be thinking will we be safe are we affected what if we reach home after exam we are affected all these questions will be running in our mind how will we write the exams then...r decision has led us to depression and threat when we are mentally preparing our self to fight against this pandemic u are exploding another bomb exploded n uss...why is soo...plzz understand we are in major trouble ...marks are not so important for us but are lives are our parents lives are....plzzz do cancel final year exams....#show mercy on students..#students lives matter than the certificate marks....

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  • Akash kumar, Raichur

    Sat, Jul 11 2020

    B. Pharmacy students also promoted??? Or not plz any one explain

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  • Ashwini KK, Krishnarajanagar

    Sat, Jul 11 2020

    Very good decision, colleges opening very good decision, online class cannot understand everyone, offline class is better than online class,so please open all colleges,to take prevention during colleges opening.tq for your suggestions.

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  • A final year std, WB

    Fri, Jul 10 2020

    I just don't understand why are all so excited about the 6th semester xams ? The prevalent method of semester system highlights the fact that each nd every semester is equally important for the Stds. Inspite of that the intermediate semesters are being cancelled nd the entire focus is being kept on the final sem? Are all the other semesters just so fake that the weightage of our education system can't be even evaluated by those? Will The Stds skipping their intermediate semesters will be as eligible as this batch who can't even be spared from their last sem even? Can we call this JUSTICE? Are our lives of less importance than all the other stds just like that? I request our so called EDUCATIONAL HEADS to confront these questions before they force us to take the xam even in this situation of national Health Emergency.

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  • Yashi, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 10 2020

    Y there is an unfair decision by the DCM? final year students can be promoted based on the remaining 3 subs like Project, Internship and Seminar because these are the main subjects in final year evn though it's not theory. We have written 7 sem exams till now one sem if they promote it wont effect our total marks and we also have job offers we need to join our companies too. Not all companies will wait till we finish our exams so wt are we supposed to do? Study and work together?it's not possible by us so please reconsider this decision.

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  • Abdul Saleem, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 10 2020

    Does this holds good for first to prefinal year students of MBBS & BDS studying under Rajiv Gandhi university of health sciences.( RGUHS).??

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  • Manoj, Kavoor

    Fri, Jul 10 2020

    I am on the side of students on this. But what abt employment, foreign university admissions, higher education admissions?? Criteria cannot be internal exams coz not all studnets take internal exams seriously, this is out my experience of last 22 years as a teacher. Exams only for final years means less students in the campus, each class divided into two sections coz we have class for two weeks before exams are done. This was long agreed by all tchrs and strict guidelines like thermal scanning, hand sanitisets, etc made available in college. Tchrs too have to take a lot of precautions, but they cannot sit at home and do all things. Online class has reached on an average 65% students. What abt the other 35% who had no access. All these things are taken care of. As far as COVID is concerned, there is no other option than to build immunity and be safe but definitely not sit at home. So final years, pls gear up for the exams. One more thing, AIFUCTO, Univsersity Tchrs Assn at the Ntl level has opposed this UGC circulat regarding the conduct of exams for final years, fyi.

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  • Jeevan, Belman, Karkala

    Fri, Jul 10 2020

    UGC do not have any strong reason to have exam only for final year/semester students. All these students completed their internals and they have scores of past 7 semesters to aggregate UGC/Govt should think about the decision to conduct exam. All the Congress ruled states are fighting against this exam but BJP ruled states are sitting silent. Do not put any student in risk by conducting exam.

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  • Shainy, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 10 2020

    What is the use of promoting to next year ,however we will have to go back to classes in october and experts say corona is going to be worst at that time ...ministers want to take decisions and get publicity but they take irrelevant decisions ...its better to not start classes this year,community transmission is going to get worsened in a few days

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  • Joyson, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 10 2020

    It is soo unfair to promote students from intermediate semesters but not final semester students, given that there are actually more criteria available to acess students of final semester as they have appeared for more academic evaluation schemes.#SpeakUpForStudents .Final year students lives are covid proof but not intermediate students wahhhh

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  • Rishi Mk, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jul 10 2020

    So final year students life has no value? Final years will get get infected? We don't fall to so called Students community?,,, this is unfair, learn from other state universities

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  • Viren, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 10 2020

    What about us??we have kcet exams ..this is so unfair ..we dont want to die or get infected ..the sad part is nobody is supporting students

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 10 2020

    We can't take any risk with Children ...

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