Hyderabad: The University of Hyderabad (UoH) has decided to conduct the final semester examinations online for postgraduate students from September 16. The decision was taken following a meeting of a high-level committee, headed by the two Pro Vice-Chancellors, with the heads of departments and deans of schools on September 1.
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Appa Rao Podile said, “The University was compelled to comply with the orders of the Supreme Court delivered on August 28 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,” he said.
In June, the university 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.
In an open letter to the university community, Prof. Appa Rao said: “while the earlier decision was taken with the best interests of students in mind, after the SC judgement, the university has scheduled the end-semester examinations so as not to jeopardise the future of students if their degrees were to be invalidated by the regulatory authorities,” he added.
The heads and deans will work out a range of flexible options to conduct examinations online and minimise the inconvenience to students, said the V-C.