The Board of Technical Education (BTE) Delhi Government has issued a notification informing students of all the institutes and polytechnics that the semester diploma level examinations-2020 for ‘all semesters’ are cancelled. The notification declared that all even-semester examinations for diploma programmes, including the final semester ones, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, stand cancelled.
The students will be promoted based on their performance in the past semester and internal assessments. As per the notification, “The students of all semesters will be promoted on the basis of internal assessment (50% credit) and their previous year’s performance in end-semester BTE Examination (50% credit).”
However, students who have failed in any of the previous semesters – i.e., they have a compartment or backlog – will have to clear their examination whenever the examinations are next held. The notification also says: “Students who have a compartment in any of the previous semesters and have completed their course duration +2 years tenure as per BTE rules in May/ June-2020 will be given one year’s additional time to qualify their diploma for all semesters.”
BTE also stated that any student who wishes to improve their result in any subject for the current semester under promotion criteria could opt to appear in the examinations, whenever they are held in future. The state government provides three-year diploma courses in technical education through various ITIs (Industrial Training Institutes) and other affiliated polytechnics.
Recently, the Delhi government also expressed its inability to conduct final-year or final-semester exams as per the University Grants Commission’s guidelines before the Supreme Court. In its affidavit submitted before the court, Delhi Government has stated that it has cancelled all the semester exams including final semester exams in Delhi’s state universities. The final hearing of the matter has been scheduled for August 14.