After deeming the current situation non-condusive for students to appear for examinations, Maharashtra government has decided to not conduct the final year/final semester exams of non-professional as well as professional courses.
"Degrees will be awarded based on formula to be decided by the Universities," Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's Office said in a tweet on Friday.
CM Uddhav Thackeray sent out an appeal to PM Modi with an open later, which spoke about the challenges faced by the State due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. He further appealed to cancel the examinations for professional/non-professional courses based on the formula which will be decided by the respective universities.
"AICTE, COA, PCI, BCI, NCTE & National Council For Hotel Management & Catering Technology to endorse the decision of the State Government regarding cancellation of final year/ final semester examinations of the Professional courses & issue guidelines to the Universities," CM Uddhav Thackeray further stated in his tweet.
Early in June, final year medical students had also appealed to the MCI and governor over the cancellation of their exams on account of their frontline duties. The Medical Student Welfare Association (Maharashtra) had earlier mentioned that in case they were not promoted for the same, they would have to resort to protest. “If the healthcare system collapses due to this the governor," the appeal said. Their letter also talks about the contradictions between the State, who had earlier cancelled all the exams, and the governor's decision to continue with the exams after July 15. As many as 3,000 final-year resident doctors were scheduled to appear for their examination this year.
CM Uddhav Thackeray had also written to PM Narendra Modi earlier for the postponement/cancellation of MD/MS & DM/MCh examinations, as the final year students are involved and playing a crucial role in fighting the COVID-19 outbreak in the State.