Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, Dr CN Ashwathnarayan, on Friday, directed the colleges and universities to continue online classes for all even semesters (second, fourth, sixth and eighth semesters) for all undergraduate programs. He informed that universities and colleges have a carryover system for most programs, and said that examination can be held once the COVID-19 pandemic is under control.
“Universities and colleges that have not completed odd semester examinations of undergraduate programs shall continue online classes for even semesters as there is a carryover system in most of the programs. The remaining examinations of odd semesters of UG programs can be conducted/scheduled once the pandemic situation comes under control,” said the minister, who also holds a portfolio for higher education.
Dr Narayan suggested that Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the institutions consult Karnataka State Higher Education Council and work the details out in case there are restrictions regarding carryover of syllabus to higher semesters like in professional courses or engineering. Pertaining to the postgraduate programs, he observed that admission processes were delayed for the first semester in some universities due to the sudden spike in COVID-19 cases. Meanwhile third semester classes have been completed in many universities.
“Admission processes for the first semesters were delayed in some universities due to the COVID-19 situation. Third-semester classes have been completed in many of the universities; while in some universities, examinations were to be started. In universities where classes of the odd semester are completed and only examinations are pending, they shall continue online classes for even semesters. The examinations of odd semesters can be conducted/scheduled once the COVID-19 situation eases,” the minister announced.
He further stated that he will review the situation with the Vice-chancellors and Karnataka State Higher Education Council and rework the guidelines and schedules for implementation in all colleges and universities.