Maharashtra final exam: University exams can take place in October: Maharashtra ministers
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MUMBAI: Most of the non-agricultural universities in Maharashtra have asked the state government to ask the UGC to allow final exams to be held and the results to be published by October 31, Minister of State Uday Samant said Monday. There are 13 non-agricultural universities in the state.

Of these, Amravati University and Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) have proposed holding exams and explaining results by November 10, said Samant, head of the department of higher and technical education.

All universities also agreed that given the COVID-19 threat, students were unable to step out of their homes to take an exam, Samant said.

He said the type of exam will be announced on Wednesday.

The exams could take place in the first week of October and would do less well, the minister said.

A total of 7,62,962 students will appear for the final exams at all universities, he said.

“Amravati University and Yashwantrao Chavan Open University have announced that they will apply to the UGC (University Grants Commission) to hold the exams and announce the results by November 10th.

“The remaining universities, including those in Mumbai, Pune and others, have urged the state government to propose that the UGC hold the exams and announce the results by October 31,” Samant told reporters here.

The universities have asked the state government to hold the meeting of the State Disaster Management Agency (SDMA) under Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray to submit a request to the UGC on the matter, the minister said, adding that the SDMA meeting is expected on Wednesday.

Regarding the way exams are conducted, the Minister said: “The Vice Chancellors have suggested three ways to hold the exams with online or open book or assignment options. They spent a day looking at how these exams should be held.”

In compliance with UGC guidelines, the Supreme Court ruled last week that no state or university can sponsor final year / final semester students without taking exams. The observation of performance in such exams is a “reflection of the competence” of the student.

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