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University Examinations in Maharashtra to be held online due to COVID-19 pandemic

State Minister for Higher and Technical Education, Uday Samant, shared this information at a recently held press conference, and said that the decision was taken after consultation with the University Vice Chancellor.

University Examinations in Maharashtra to be held online due to COVID-19 pandemic
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Observing the rise in coronavirus cases, Maharashtra's Education Ministers, in the last few weeks, have taken important decision by postponing the board exams for students across the state. Following this decision, the government, on April 22, 2021, decided that degree examinations conducted by the university will now be held conducted. 

State Minister for Higher and Technical Education, Uday Samant, shared this information at a recently held press conference. Strict restrictions have been imposed in the state due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and hence, it is not possible to conduct exams in an offline manner. Keeping the same in mind, all the university exams for 2021, will be held online, said Minister Samant.

Adding more, he said that a meeting was held with the Vice-Chancellor regarding the same and the decision was taken post the consultation. Examinations for all thirteen universities in the state were expected to be conducted in both online and offline manners, however, now all the remaining exams will be conducted online only.

Samant added that he will request the Chief Minister to allow the staff of the higher education department to be considered as employees in the essential service, as this will help in releasing the results in a timely manner. He also said that the government intends to vaccinate over 37 lakh college students in the state through universities.

Earlier, State Education Minister for schools, Varsha Gaikwad, also announced that the examinations for students from Classes 1-9 and 11  were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. As per the directives issued by the government, schools will have to promote them to the next grade without assessment. A few days later, on April 21, 2021, the government cancelled the exams for Class 10 (SSC Board). Decisions are yet to be taken by Class 12 (HSC Examinations) in Maharashtra.

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