The government of Uttar Pradesh said on June 8 that UP university exams for the 2020-2021 academic year have been canceled in the state due to the Covid-19 situation, and students will be promoted on the basis of an internal evaluation.
However, the decision will not apply to students who are in their final year, and they will have to sit for exams which will likely take place in August.
Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma made the announcement and said about 41 lakh students will benefit from the move. First year students of undergraduate and postgraduate courses will be directly promoted to next year. Second year undergraduate students will be promoted on the basis of first year results. He also said that while all first-year graduate students will be promoted, their grades will be determined by the results of the second-year exams they take in 2022.
Dinesh Sharma also said that no practical exams will be held for final year students and that they will be assessed on the basis of theory papers only.
Previously, the UP board canceled exams for classes 10 and 12 amid the pandemic. A special committee has been formed to decide on the evaluation criteria while the future of 56 lakh students hangs in the balance. On June 7, Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (UPMSP) held a meeting with district level officers, but the council has yet to release the scoring criteria.
The board also asked parents and representatives of all schools to send in their suggestions regarding the assessment criteria. The jury could opt for the results of class 9, and the scores of the pre-boards and semester exams to promote students in class 10. Likewise, students of class 12 could be assessed on the basis of the semester exams. and the results of class 11 examinations.