How will institutes manage this no 'zero academic year' c-Puniti. Pandey @timesgroup.com clarified that the 2020-21 session will not be declared as a 'zero academic year' due to the pandemic. Speaking at a Parliamentary Standing Committee, Union Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare noted that the ongoing academic session willinvolvetheregular academic activities includmg lessons and exams and therefore it will not be cOnsidered asa 'zero academic year'. Speaking on how institutes can function wrth a simllar approach and avoid interruption in learming, V Jagadeesh Kumar, dean, Academic Courses, IIT Madras, says, "We need to find the T he Education Ministry recently The ongoing academic session will involve regular academic activities including lessons and exams best possible solutions for continuing classes during the trying times as it is not possible to do teaching and testng in anormal way". "Just likeany other essential activities, academics too cannot be halted during the pandemic. The activities have to continue and we need to find different alternatives for undisturbed learning. The pandemic is standstill but the academics cannot remain So," says NP Padhy, dean, Academic Affairs, IT Roorkee. Restructuring courge Citing the measures that HT Roorkee has lntroduced, Padhya says, "To address the challenges of practical and experiential learning, we have restructured the course for the forthcommg semester. The practical evaluation has been ehmimated and the students will be marked based on theory courses." The new semester at the institute will begin from August 24 for all classes except the first year. FOr theupcoming semester, he adds, courses with practical components have been swapped with theoretical courses of the next quarter. A simllar approach has also been adopted by BML Munjal University (BMU), Haryana. "Classes have started for the new batch of MBA, Law and Engineermg students. Effective online classes have been arranged for students with virtual labs and spoken tutorials. To ensure thatnostudentsareatalossof practical learning, we have swapped the practical courses of this semester to the next semester for BTech students," says Manoj K Arora, vice chancellor, BMU. Evaluation process Onthe evaluation process, he adds, " Al proctored online exams were held for the students In the last semester which has y1elded satisfying results. Exams for the ongoing semester will alsobe conducted in a similar mode for MBA and Law students. BTech studants may have to come tothe campus for assessment."