Gujarat colleges to end academic year by next July – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: The state education department on Monday announced a new common academic calendar for all universities and colleges affiliated to it and offer courses including arts, commerce, and science. According to the new schedule, the first session will be conducted online by all colleges. In the next session, the colleges and varsities will have to decide whether to conduct classes in online or offline mode, depending on the Covid-19 situation at that time.

Exams will also be conducted in online or offline (pen & paper) mode or by way of assignment-based exercises based on the Covid-19 situation. Diwali vacation will be of 12 days this year beginning from November 6 to November 18. The academic session has to be completed by July next year.

The state government has issued a new set of guidelines keeping in mind the Covid-19 crisis that has affected educational institutes for over six months now. Universities can start conducting classes on a pilot basis from October 15 onwards in batches of 15-20 students, said sources. While internal assessment is mandatory, colleges are not to hold internal exams in the pen-and-paper format till further guidelines are issued. The semester system has to be continued. There will be 30% weightage for internal assessment while 70% will be for the scores of university-level exams. “Colleges can provide project work to students, conduct weekly tests, or even evaluate performance by way of group discussions as part of internal assessment,” a source said.

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