After announcing the date sheets of various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes examination, the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU), Delhi withdrew it the same day on June 2, 2020. The varsity faced criticism from various quarters for announcing the dates of offline examination during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
IP University’s tentative semester examination schedule was released, even though, the Ministry of Home Affairs had earlier said that “a decision on the re-opening of these institutions will be taken in the month of July”. The University, in an official statement released on Tuesday, said, “The proposed draft tentative date sheet uploaded today for conduct of exams in June/July 2020 stands withdrawn immediately”. The statement added, “The revised plan for examination schedule shall be uploaded in due course of time with a reasonable sufficient timeline.”
GGS Indraprastha University had released examinations schedule for programmes such as B.A. and B.B.A. LLB, B.Tech. (Theory), B.A. (Economics), B.A. (English), Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA), Bachelor of Physiotherapy, (BPT), Bachelor in Prosthetics and Orthotics (BPO), Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (BOT), M.A. (Mass Communication), M.Ed., Post Graduate Diploma in Security Management (PGDSM), M.Phil. (English) among others.
As per the withdrawn date sheet, the end-semester examinations were to be conducted in offline mode from June 22 to July 15, 2020. The proposed examination was to be held in two shifts, morning and afternoon, with each one of two-hours duration. Earlier, the university had also released a revised academic calendar on May 18 which had stated that exams will be held on June 20 onwards.
The release of the proposed time schedule for the semester examinations created an uproar among the university students as the varsity had proposed to conduct the examinations with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Delhi is one of the hotspots of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country with around 1000 cases being reported every day now. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has also suggested the universities for promoting the first and second-year students to the next class based on their past performance.
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