BENGALURU : The government of Karnataka made it clear on Saturday that it will not withhold any exams or stop academic activities due to COVID-19.
“University level exams including diplomas, college diplomas, engineering, diplomas and all other courses will be conducted according to schedule. Karnataka’s Deputy Chief Minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan told reporters here. Narayan, who holds the higher education portfolio, said academic activities for the year 2021-2022 have already been delayed and there should be no further delay.
In the event of a delay, the cycle of the course period, the test, the results, the employment and the additional studies would be cut off, he said. Steps have been taken to ensure that academic activities for the year 2021-2022 are not affected, he said.
“Once the current exams are completed, there will be no summer vacation. Class operation will begin immediately and there will be both offline and online classes,” he said.
Online classes would start soon enough, Narayan said, adding: It would be mandatory for students to attend classes online or offline. He said, however, that universities and colleges must follow standard operating procedure to check for the spread of the disease.
According to him, the Integrated Learning Management System (LMS) has already been implemented in preparation for COVID-19. “Students are made easier to learn from places wherever they are and 2.70 lakh tablet PCs have been distributed,” said Narayan.