Haryana government has decided to cancel all the university, college, and technical education exams which are slated to be conducted in the near future, according to NDTV. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar made the announcement on Tuesday in view of the rising COVID-19 cases in the state and across the country.

The government has decided to promote all the students based on internal assessment and marks obtained in previous examinations. Khattar said on Twitter that all students will be promoted to the next semester.

Haryana becomes the fourth state after Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Odisha to cancel all university examinations including the final year. The move goes against the UGC guidelines which had recommended universities and technical education institutes to conduct the final year/semester examinations.

Education Minister of Haryana, Kanwar Pal, has said that if the universities are equipped to conduct the examination, they can go ahead with it. All the students who are not able to participate or wish to improve their scores with an exam, can appear for exams scheduled to be conducted after the COVID-19 situation improves.

NDTV report also says students with academic arrears from previous semesters or private/distance education students will also be promoted to the next semester based on the performance in previous semesters.