The University of Hyderabad (UoH) will conduct end-semester examinations for the final semester post-graduate students online from September 16.
The decision was taken in the meeting of a high-level committee headed by the two Pro Vice-Chancellors on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 which was followed by a discussion with Heads of Department and Deans of Schools.
The UoH Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Appa Rao Podile on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 said the university was compelled to comply with the orders of the Supreme Court upholding the guidelines of the UGC to declare the results only after conducting end-semester examinations for the final semester students.
Those students who are unable to attend the exams from September 16 will have another opportunity to appear in the second spell of exams scheduled for October 5, Prof. Appa Rao said.
It may be recalled that the UoH, in June 2020, had adopted an alternative evaluation mechanism based on continuous assessment and the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and announced results for the batch in order to facilitate their graduation so that they could pursue further education or career opportunities. Those results will now stand cancelled, the UoH said.
In an open letter to the university community, Prof. Appa Rao explained that while the earlier decision was taken with the best interests of students in mind but after the SC judgement, the university has scheduled the end-semester examinations so as to not jeopardise the future of students if their degrees were to be invalidated by regulatory authorities.
The Heads and Deans will work out a range of flexible options to administer the examinations online and minimise the inconvenience to students, he added.