Maharashtra Governor B S Koshyari has given students permission to come online from home for last year’s exams, Minister of Higher Education and Technical Education Uday Samant said Thursday.
He said the state government would ask the University Grants Commission (UGC) to extend the existing deadline for taking the exams from late September to late October, adding that the toughness of the exams will also be reduced.
The Supreme Court last week upheld the UGC guidelines, stating that no state or university can sponsor final year / final semester students without taking exams. The court also ruled that the UGC’s instructions to universities and colleges to hold final exams by September 30 are within its scope.
“Governor B S Koshyari has given last year’s students permission to take exams online. You can take exams from home, ”said Samant.
“We also plan to release the results by October 31st to save the students’ academic year,” he added.
Samant and his junior minister in Prajakt Tanpure Department met Koshyari here at the Raj Bhavan on Wednesday to discuss the issue of conducting examinations in the light of the Supreme Court ruling.
The minister said he held a meeting with 13 vice chancellors from public universities to discuss how to conduct last year’s exams, as directed by the Apex court.
“We plan to conduct the practical exams ourselves in September. All papers and their evaluation will be completed before October 31st and the result will be released by that time, ”he said.
“The practical exams could take place from September 15th. We’re also trying to take these exams online instead of getting students to attend colleges, ”he said.
“We will also ask the UGC to extend the existing deadline for conducting exams from the end of September to the end of October. We will also reduce the severity of the trials, ”he said.
In its order, the Supervisory Committee had stated that a state or an area of the Union which, in the exercise of its jurisdiction under the Civil Protection Act, decided that it is not possible to conduct the examination by September 30, can submit an application to the UGC for extending the deadline.