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Maharashtra government reiterates its stand to not conduct final year university exams

This comes after state’s disaster management committee held a meeting chaired by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Maharashtra government reiterates its stand to not conduct final year university exams
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Days after University Grants Commission (UGC) decided in favour of conducting exams, the Maharashtra government on Monday maintained its stand that it won’t be able to conduct final year university examinations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

This comes after state’s disaster management committee held a meeting chaired by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The meeting with disaster management officials was conducted after UGC revised its guidelines asking universities across the county to conduct exams by September end this year. 

“The state Disaster Management Authority held a meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The UGC has issued guidelines to conduct exams but we have decided to maintain our previous decision on the final year university examination,” Uday Samant, Maharashtra Higher and Technical Education Minister said. 

After the meeting, Samat addressed the media at Mantralaya clarifying that the Maharashtra government is not going to conduct exams while maintaining its stand it wasn’t possible to hold exams amid coronavirus outbreak. 

He said that the Vice-Chancellors of all 13 non-agricultural universities have written to the government expressing that it was not appropriate to conduct exams during these times. Earlier, Samant had said that the Maharashtra government had taken the decision keeping in mind the suggestions given by the VCs. 

“The UGC has issued guidelines instructing states to hold exams. Will it also take responsibility to ensure that students don’t get infected?” Samant asked while adding that even parents and teachers are also against holding exams amid the pandemic. 

The state higher education minister further informed that the students will have to give a written undertaking in case they want a degree certificate (non-professional courses) without taking exams. “The students who want to take exams will also have to give a written undertaking so that the university can arrange to conduct such exams later,” Samant informed. 

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