Pune: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said that the final year examinations will not be conducted. Maharashtra is the worst-affected State due to the coronavirus and districts like Pune, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Amravati and others, are hotspots.
Although the few districts are not much affected. But the State government had planned to take a holistic decision for the final year examinations.
This decision has brought relaxation to more than nine lakh students who were eagerly waiting for their fate.
On Sunday late evening CM Thackeray on Facebook Live said, "We were thinking of conducting the examination in July or in August, but it was not possible due to the pandemic. In such some critical situation students should not be kept waiting for a long time. So we came up with a solution of considering the average of the marks of previous semesters. Those students who fear to get less marks can give examination later and score additional marks when the examination will be declared."
CM Thackeray said, "During our last meeting with other vice-chancellors of various universities were in favour of examination. But the pandemic is changing and is unpredictable at this moment, and it was difficult to conduct the examination in July."
The Maharashtra State Government's Department of Higher and Technical Education on May 8 had issued a notification that only final year students and final semester 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) and 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.