Final-year university exams cancelled in Maharashtra; students will be marked as per aggregates: Uddhav Thackeray

Addressing the state on May 31, he said that if the students are not satisfied with the results based on aggregates, they can appear for exams once again, once the situation is under control."

Final-year university exams cancelled in Maharashtra; students will be marked as per aggregates: Uddhav Thackeray

In a meeting held on Saturday, May 30, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray along with Minister for Higher and Technical Education Uday Samant, Minister of State Prajakt Tanpure and others decided to find ways to end uncertainty over final-year university exams in Maharashtra. The meeting held via video conferencing was also attended by Mumbai University vice-chancellor and several officials from other non-agricultural universities who were directed by the CM to find a solution.

However, while addressing the state on Sunday, May 31, 2020, CM Uddhav Thackeray said, "I held a meeting of Vice-Chancellors yesterday regarding final year college exams. They unanimously said that the present circumstances do not allow for examinations to be held immediately as it is risky for lakhs of students to come together for exams. So, we have decided that students will get aggregate marks based on their performance in the previous semesters for that academic year. This is because there is no clarity on when the exams can be held. The future of students should not be kept hanging because of this. But, if a student wants to appear for the final exams to improve their previous performance, they can be given an opportunity in September, October or November, based on how the situation evolves."

Talking about new admissions, he said that officials should focus on online mode of education. Coronavirus cases in some cities like Mumbai, Pune and some more, are increasing, and hence we should use this as an opportunity with the use of technology. E-learning should be given importance and the government will see if it is possible with mobile network providers.

Earlier in May, Uday Samant had written to the University Grant Commission (UGC) seeking permission to cancel the examinations in the state, keeping the coronavirus outbreak in mind. As per an interview in TOI, Samat said that the UGC would agree to the decision taken by the state. This move was taken after Yuva Sena had approached Samant requesting the cancellation of examinations when he announced that they would be held in July.

However, the decision taken on May 31, 2020, by CM Uddhav Thackeray and his ministry should bring relief to the students who have been under stress regarding the examinations.

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