The department took this decision after holding a high-level videoconferencing meeting chaired by higher education minister Arun Kumar Sahoo. Department secretary Saswat Mishra, department officials, vice-chancellors of universities and principals of autonomous and other degree colleges attended the meeting.
The examinations will be conducted according to the revised guidelines of University Grants Commission (UGC) issued on July 6. Colleges and universities can hold examinations by using offline, online, blended (offline+online), multiple choice, open book and OMR methods. The universities and autonomous colleges will take final decision regarding which examination methods they want.
“If any student fails to appear the final examination, he/she can sit for the pen and paper examination in December this year,” said the official statement of the department.
Sources said the final semester/year examinations will commence from September 15 and end by September 30. The detailed schedule of the examinations will be released soon. All measures will be taken for safety of students, said a department official.
Even results of back paper examination will be published by October 31.
Deepak Kumar Behera, vice-chancellor of Sambalpur University, said he will convene a meeting very soon for preparation of the final year examinations. “We will discuss about the methods of examinations and decide which is fit for us,” he added.
On Friday, the Supreme Court had passed an order saying the UGC guideline for mandatory final examination is correct. Final semester/year students cannot be promoted without the examinations. The UGC had issued it’s revised guidelines on July 6 to hold the final examinations by September 30.
Berhampur University has successfully conducted it’s UG examinations before the Covid-19 hit the state. It will only conduct PG examinations only. Fakir Mohan University, Balasore and Shri Jagannath Sanskrit Vishvavidyalaya, Puri have also completed most of the UG examinations before the Covid-19 restrictions come into force in the state.