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MAHARASHTRA GOVERNMENT: DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC, MAHARASHTRA CANCEL FINAL YEAR UNIVERSITY EXAMS

On Friday, Maharashtra government has decided to cancel the final year and final semester examinations. The decision was taken due to rising cases of coronavirus despite the lockdown.

Uday Samant, Minister for Higher and Technical Education, said while interacting with students through the Facebook page of the Directorate General of Information and Public Relations that however, students who like to take the exam should acknowledge it in writing to the university and a ruling in this regard will be taken on the basis of the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

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Maharashtra with over 1.2 lakh corona cases so far is considered as the country’s worst-hit state by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Samant told that under the chairmanship of Maharashtra’s chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, the meeting of the State Disaster Management Committee was held on Thursday.

Due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases day by day, and keeping in mind the health and well being of the students in the state, Maharashtra cancel exams of final year / final session this year.

The government said that for several days, students and parents were disturbed about the university exams and this decision has been made to eliminate that confusion.

The government said the students in the state should tell the university in writing about their opinion on whether they wish to take the final year exams or not.

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Samant said Students who do not wish to take the exam due to the cancellation of the examination will receive the degree according to the applicable formula and those students who wish to take the exam will be authorized later assessing the situation of COVID-19 pandemic.

The non-vocational (traditional) courses pursued by the students who have cleared all the semesters. If these students do not want to appear for the examination in the final one then the university has to accept this in writing from such students. The students will be provided a degree or certificate by passing them for the final examination.

Students who have cleared all the semesters, but still wish to take the final semester exam if the right condition arises after COVID-19, should also give their decision to the university in writing.

A compatible decision has been adopted for the examinations of students following vocational education in pharmacy, physical education, management, architecture, planning, hotel management, computer science, law, engineering, pedagogy, for which approval will strive from the pinnacle body for the respective course.

In the next four days the decision on backlog and ATKT exams would be taken under the chairmanship of Thackeray, in consultation with all the vice-chancellors, said Samant.

He further explained that the government has approved these decisions after giving serious thinking to the health of the students in Maharashtra.

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