Mumbai: Final Year University Exams Might be Held in October, says Uday Samant
Among them, Amravati University and Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) suggested holding examinations and declaring results by 10 November, said Samant, head of the Higher and Technical Education Department.
Most non-agricultural universities in Maharashtra have asked the state government to request the UGC to allow the final year examinations and the announcement of results by 31 October, Uday Samant, Minister of State, said on Monday.
There are 13 non-agricultural universities in the state.
“Among them, Amravati University and Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) suggested holding examinations and declaring results by 10 November”, said Samant, head of the Higher and Technical Education Department.
All universities also agreed that it was not possible for students to leave their homes to take a look at the threat of COVID-19, Samant said.
He said the examination procedure would be declared on Wednesday.
The examinations may take place in the first week of October and will be of lesser quality, the Minister said.
A total of 7,62,962 students will attend university-wide final year exams, he said.
Amravati University and Yashwantrao Chavan Open University have requested the UGC (University Grants Commission) to carry out the examinations and to announce the results by 10 November.
"The remaining varsities, including those of Mumbai, Pune and others, have asked the state government to propose to the UGC to hold the exams and to announce the results by 31 October," Samant told.
The universities asked the state government to hold a meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) under Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to send a request to the UGC in this regard, the Minister said, adding that the SDMA meeting is expected to take place on Wednesday.
On the way to conducting the exams, the Minister said, "Vice Chancellors have suggested three ways to conduct the online or open book or assignment examinations.
They've been looking for a day's time on how these examinations will be conducted.
In keeping with the UGC guidelines, the Supreme Court last week held that no state and university can promote students in the final year/terminal semester without holding examinations, and observing the performance of such examinations is a "reflection of the competence" of the students.