Final-year university exams made optional in Maharashtra

In a decision taken on June 19, CM Uddhav Thackeray along with Minister Uday Samant have decided that the degree exams for students has been made optional. Students can seek the certificate or appear for the exams at a later date if they wish to.

Final-year university exams made optional in Maharashtra

State Minister for Higher and Technical Education Uday Samant on Friday, June 19, 2020, announced that the final-year examinations for non-professional courses have been cancelled. A decision regarding ATKT exams will be taken in the next two days. Samant shared this information while interacting with students and parents through Facebook Live.

In a conversation via Facebook Live, Uday Samant tried to clear the confusion by stating that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had decided to cancel the final year examinations of non-vocational courses keeping the coronavirus outbreak in mind. The decision was taken after a thorough discussion with members from the government, and this was attended by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Minister for Higher and Technical Education Uday Samant, Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta and others.

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According to the decision taken at the meeting, students who have passed all the previous exams can get a degree certificate and will be awarded a degree based on their average marks. However, if students wish to appear for the exams, they can do so, by writing to the university, as officials will be in charge of scheduling the same. Students will be able to give exam keeping the coronavirus guidelines and norms in mind.

Decisions for examinations for other professional courses such as Pharmacy, Hotel Management, Management Science, Architecture, Law etc. will be taken after the respective authorities from apex bodies discuss the same with the government. Keeping this in mind, the state government will send a proposal requesting them to cancel the exams. At the same time, the final decision regarding ATKT and backlog examinations will be taken after consultation with the Vice-Chancellor and officials of the concerned university. The decision regarding this will be held in the next few days.

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