University exams by Sept-end impossible, says Maharashtra minister
MUMBAI [Maha Media]: Maharashtra minister Uday Samant on Thursday said he has informed the Centre that it would not be possible to conduct final-year exams at universities by September-end in view of the COVID-19 crisis in the state. The minister of technical and higher education said he has written to the HRD ministry after it announced on Monday that final-year examinations in universities will have to be conducted by September-end.
If the University Grants Commission (UGC) insists on conducting the examinations, then it should also issue proper guidelines for the same, Samant said. Maharashtra has so far recorded 2,23,724 cases of COVID-19, the highest in the country.
“I have written to the UGC and HRD minister, informing them that it would not be possible to hold the final-year examinations in Maharashtra by September-end in view of the COVID-19 situation,” Samant told reporters. The minister said the state government had taken the decision to not hold the examinations based on recommendations from vice-chancellors of the universities.
If the HRD ministry still wants the examinations to be conducted, it should also issue guidelines for students from containment zones and their quarantine, setting exam papers and handling and mobilising of answer sheets, he said.