Delhi University has partially modified the Academic Calendar for 2019-2020 in view of the coronavirus lockdown. The university has extended the end-date of classes for even semester from 28 April to 15 May.
In a message on its website, Delhi University said that the decision has been taken “in view of the unprecedented situation in the world leading to the lockdown in the country,” till 3 May.
According to the academic calendar, the classes for even semester had begun on January 1 and the practical exam would begin from April 28 after the dispersal of classes. The theory exam was scheduled for May 11 which will also have to be pushed further due to the modification in the calendar. The revised dates will be notified in the due course of time.
“In view of the unprecedented situation prevailing in the world leading to the lockdown in the country till 03.05.2020, the University of Delhi has partially modified the Academic Calendar 2019-2020,”a notice on University website says.
UGC is yet to take a decision on conducting the university exams and schedule for the upcoming academic session.
With the lockdown affecting classes for over a month, it is going to be a tough task for the Commission to zero down a schedule which will be convenient for all stakeholders.
While the Universities need to complete their syllabus and conduct exams so that students could complete their degree or move up to the next year/semester, they also need to prepare for arrival of new students in the first year.
However, admission processes cannot be initiated until result for 12th board exams are announced. While Delhi University’s admission schedule aligns with that of CBSE result declaration, several state universities begin college admission process after the result for their respective state boards are announced.
The UGC is expected to issue guidelines to colleges and universities this week on steps that should be taken for the current academic session and the next one.