“We will write to the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Thursday asking for an extension of the deadline.
“Students are concerned as many of them are not mentally prepared. A month’s delay in taking the exams will help them score better,” Rymbui said in a statement.
The Meghalaya government would like the exams for the final year to be held on October 7th, 9th, 12th, 14th, and 16th with results reported by October 31st.
The state government made the decision to hold the exams in September in the face of opposition from multiple quarters to the move of North Eastern Hill University, the minister said.
Over 24,000 students, including 2,000 doctoral students, can take last year’s exams.
In the meantime, the state government has asked the deputy commissioners of all eleven districts to vacate the classrooms, which are currently functioning as COVID-19 quarantine centers, by September 15.
The Union’s Interior Ministry released the Unlock 4 guidelines on Saturday, according to which students in grades 9 to 12 are only allowed to attend their schools in areas outside the security zones on a voluntary basis from September 21 to seek advice from their teachers.
The Supreme Court ruled on August 28th that universities and other colleges are required to take the final exams and cannot “promote” students based on internal assessments or other criteria.
However, the court gave discretion to states and territories of the Union that may have postponed trials amid the COVID-19 outbreak to contact the UGC to extend the September 30 deadline.