Maharashtra: Final year exams to be held in the state, dates to be announced soon

ST Staff
Saturday, 30 May 2020

Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant demanded permission to use grading measures with these exams citing the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the state which later also sparked political differences.

The wait continues for the students across Maharashtra as final year exams will be conducted in the state but the dates will be declared later. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday claimed the decision is pending due to legal issues.

On May 8, the Maharashtra state’s Department of Higher and Technical Education had issued a notification that only final year and final semester students’ examinations will be conducted, while the first and the second year students will be given marks based on internal assessment and previous examination performances. However, on May 19, the government sent a letter to the University Grants Commission (UGC). 

Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant demanded permission to use grading measures with these exams citing the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the state which later also sparked political differences.

On Saturday, CM Uddhav Thackeray and Uday Samant along with officials had a meeting via video conferencing with all Vice-Chancellors of various universities to discuss the issues about final-year examinations.

Uday Samant said, "A meeting was held with all the Vice-Chancellors of various universities to discuss the final year examinations. The thought has been shared and discussed in length. The meeting had points such as the health of the students, the risk of coronavirus and other aspects were discussed too. Since then we have come to the final stage of deciding the interests of the students. Legal advice will be sought to avoid legal issues, after which a decision will be taken in two to three days.”

In the meantime, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has tweeted to plan a road map for conducting the examination, saying it was not appropriate to cancel the exams. The All India Students' Council (AISC) has opposed the cancellation of the written examination.

Officials said, “As of now we are working on both decisions if we want to take examinations as well as use the grading system. However, there are some legal technical issues raised for which we have sought legal opinion. There are chances examinations to be conducted between September and October 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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