The schedule and modalities for holding the exam for nearly 8 lakh students in the state will be announced within two days after the Vice Chancellors Committee finalizes its plan. The committee, led by VC Suhas Pednekar of the University of Mumbai, is considering several options, Maharashtra’s Minister of Higher Education and Technical Education, Uday Samant, said on Monday after meeting the committee.
After the Supreme Court ruled that states must adhere to University Grants Commission’s guidelines and conduct audits, the state government formed a six-member panel that presented its report on Monday.
Samant said 11 of the 13 state universities in Maharashtra, including the University of Mumbai, requested an extension of the September 30 deadline set by the UGC in order to complete the examination process by October 31. The other two universities – Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Amravati and Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nashik – requested an extension of the deadline to November 10th.
The proposal to extend the deadline will be sent to the UGC for approval. While conducting exams, the Apex Court had allowed states to request an extension.
Samant said Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray will hold a meeting with the state civil protection agency to discuss the new audit plan.
He said that although the state will hold exams, no student will have to leave home. “The committee is considering three options, namely online mode, open-book exam and assignments. We asked the VCs to select one option. We strongly believe that students cannot be made to come to the center for the exam Panelists will meet tomorrow (Tuesday) and should have their exam schedule and the schedule for conducting exams ready by Wednesday, “said the minister.
In last year’s examination papers, fewer points are awarded in order to reduce the burden on students. The five-month deadline for the exams ended on Friday with the Supreme Court decision to hold the exam.