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Not possible to conduct final year university exams: Maharashtra Minister Uday Samant

In his letter earlier, Samant wrote to UGC and Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressing that it was not possible to conduct final year university exams by September-end amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Not possible to conduct final year university exams: Maharashtra Minister Uday Samant
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After writing to the concerned authorities, Maharashtra Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant on Thursday said that the state government will take further action over the issue of conducting final year degree exams after getting a response from the University Grants Commission (UGC). 

In his letter, Samant wrote to UGC and Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressing that it was not possible to conduct final year university exams by September-end amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

On Monday evening, the UGC made recommendations to not cancel the final semester examination for graduating batches and advised universities to conduct these exams by the end of September. It was said that the exams can be held online, offline or in both ways. 

Reacting to this, Samant expressed shocked over UGC’s decision and said that the central body should have consulted the states before making a decision. The Maharashtra Minister said that if the UGC insists on conducting exams, it should issue guidelines for the same. 

Given the lack of transportation and fear of the coronavirus pandemic, conducting exams will be difficult, he said while adding that this decision risks the lives of students, teachers and parents. 

Samant said that the revised UGC guidelines on conduct exams and academic calendar should be advisory and not compulsory. The state government in Maharashtra had decided to cancel the final year exams taking suggestions from the vice-chancellors of the universities, he added. 

However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had opposed the state government’s decision to cancel final year university exams. It should be noted that - along with Maharashtra - nine other states have raised similar concerns regarding no conduction the exams. 

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