The state government of Maharashtra has asked all the universities to prepare a detailed plan for the conduction of the exams for final year/ semester students amid the Covid-19 pandemic and submit the plan by September 7.
The state minister of education Uday Samant told this to the reporters a few days after the decision to conduct the final year exams as per the UGC guidelines was announced by the Supreme Court.
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The universities have to give their detailed examination plans by Monday. The minister said that every university can have its own guidelines and set of instructions for the exams but the result has to be released by October 31.
“The state has asked the universities to submit by September 7 their detailed plan of conducting examinations. This would enable the government to hold a meeting with the disaster management committee to decide on the steps needed to be taken against coronavirus spread during the exam,” he said.
A few weeks ago, the Maharashtra government had announced the cancellation of all university examinations due to the high number of Covid-19 cases in the state. The Supreme Court had finally announced that all states will have to conduct the final year exams.
Students not to be promoted without exams
Shiv Sena’s youth wing, Yuva Sena, had moved the Supreme Court seeking cancellation of the final year exams of universities across states in view of the Covid-19 crisis. The Supreme Court then announced that no university can promote final year students without exams.
“The students who are going abroad for higher studies will be getting a provisional certificate from their respective colleges and institutes. Several colleges abroad have shown a willingness to accept such a provisional certificate as a document for confirming the admission,” Samant said.
He further said that students have the choice to submit their final year certificates after seeking admissions in the foreign universities of their choice. He said that some provisional certificates have already been awarded and the foreign universities have held it valid.
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Students to write exams from home
“Most of the exams would be held either in the form of appearing from home or open-book format. The universities will decide as per their local situation on which option to select for conducting the exams,” the state education minister said.
He further added that the practical or viva for students would commence from September 15 and will be over by September 30.
“Even the schedule of backlog papers will be part of the final year student’s schedule and their results will be out along with final results,” Samant said.
Courtesy: India Today
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