The Department of Higher and Technical education has sought after some relief to its final year students. Although the schedule for the final exams has not been released yet, The Department of Higher and Technical education has given a choice to its final year students that they can opt-out of the semester examination if they wish to.
This option is applicable to those students who are enrolled in the non-agriculture, self-financed, deemed/ affiliated colleges which are recognized under these universities.
7,34,516 students are pursuing the non-professional courses whereas 2,83,937 students are enrolled for professional courses for the year 2019-2020 in these universities. These are the students who have to appear for the final year examination this year.
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All the semester-end examinations had been canceled by the state government earlier, due to their inability to conduct examination amidst the prevailing pandemic situation. The chancellor and Maharashtra Governor, Bhagat Singh Koshyari had put a stay on this order then.
No new announcement has been made yet, in the state, regarding the examinations and the COVID-19 cases have also risen in the state in this month of June.
The lastest directives issued mention that, those final year students who do not have any backlogs can opt-out of appearing for the exam. The result in such cases will be calculated on their previous performances and on the basis of their overall scores throughout the course period.
There hasn’t been any decision for those who have backlogs from previous semesters. The department is yet to ponder over that. An announcement will be made regarding students with backlogs, only after consulting vice-chancellors of all universities.
The new academic year for the already enrolled students in junior years can be anticipated soon as per the department officials.
Being one of the worst-hit by COVID-19 states, most of the educational institutions including 41 colleges and 198 hostel facilities across Maharashtra have been rented out to the Health Department to be converted into makeshift centers for the treatment of COVID-19 affected patients.
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