Final-year university exams may be held in Maharashtra; Governor Koshyari over rules CMs decision

Maharashtra CM, Uddhav Thackeray, on Sunday, May 31, announced that the final-year university exams were cancelled in the state.. However, Governor Koshyari on June 2 over ruled his decision and said that a final decision would be taken as per the Act.

Final-year university exams may be held in Maharashtra; Governor Koshyari over rules CMs decision

On Sunday, May 31, Maharashtra Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray, announced that the final year university exams in Maharashtra have been cancelled, and the students will be marked as per aggregates. However, this decision has not pleased Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, and he announced that a decision regarding these exams will be taken based on the Maharashtra Public Universities Act.

For the last few days, there seem to be some unresolved concerns between Maharashtra Government and the Governor. The move to revise the decision came after Governor Koshyari decided to use his power as the Chancellor of the Universities, and reports state that he was not pleased with CM Uddhav Thackeray's decision of cancelling the final year exams for students from Mumbai University and other universities across the state.

As per rules, the Chancellor of the universities is the deciding authority and the message regarding the Governor's decision was shared on Twitter, which read, "Decision on holding final year exams will be taken as per Universities Act ! It has been conveyed to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray that decision regarding holding of the examinations of final year students ‘shall be taken in consonance with the provisions of the Act."

Calling the move 'unprecented', senior officials at the university thought the decisions was not taken keeping the legal repercussions in mind. However, after the CM announced the decision on Sunday, sever students took to social media to thank him and also appreciated this decision. Uddhav Thackeray, while addressing the state, said that the final-year university exams were cancelled due to the coronavirus lockdown and it wouldn't be right to conduct exams during the crisis as it would pose a risk to lakhs of students and staff members. He further said that the decision was taken after consulting with the Vice-Chancellors of the universities, however, Governor Koshyari's statement points out the contrary.

The letter addressed by the Governor to the CM said that the VCs were prepared to conduct the examinations, further pointing out that the report which was prepared by the committee under the guidance of Minister Uday Sawant, was not presented to him till date.

Earlier in May, the Minister of Higher and Technical Education, Uday Samant had written to the University Grants Commission (UGC) seeking permission to cancel university exams in the state, following which a meeting was held with the committee.

Further, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had given the permission for CBSE and ICSE examinations to be conducted despite the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and pointing to this decision, the Governor has said that if the exams for college students should also be conducted, if it is being planned for the school boards. Further, he emphasised that the guidelines given by UGC suggest the state governments to conduct the exams for final-year students and the state government should abide by thesw guidelines.