The Maharashtra government approached the University Grants Commission to extend the deadline for conducting final year exams till 31st October.
The Maharashtra government approached the University Grants Commission to extend the deadline for conducting final year exams. As per UGC guidelines, all the universities, colleges, and higher education institutions were asked to hold the final year exams by the end of September. However, the Maharashtra government has sought for extension of the deadline till 31st October.
University Grants Commission in its revised guidelines also allowed the universities and colleges to hold the exams either in online, offline, or blended mode. An official conferred that most of the universities have preferred the multiple-choice question (MCQ) format for holding the final year exams. Also, mentioned that the students will be provided a question bank two days before the exams.
Recently after the Supreme Court’s final verdict on final year exams, most of the states have geared up to hold exams for final year students. In the final verdict, the Supreme Court ordered the mandatory holding of examinations, as without final year exams students can’t be awarded the degrees.
Though it gave some relaxation to the states drastically hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. It also mentioned that if any state wishes to extend the deadline of conducting final year exams it will have to inform the University Grants Commission to issue the fresh dates. Otherwise, the states will have to hold the final year exams as per the guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC).
A senior official from the Maharashtra higher and technical education department said “After taking approval from the state disaster management authority, an official request has been sent to UGC, requesting UGC to provide an extension till October 31 to complete the exam process”.
He also said that they are expecting to get permission from UGC soon.
The decision to seek an extension for holding final year exams was sought after the recommendations made by the vice-chancellors’ (V-C) committee on conducting the final-year exams. The committee was being headed by Suhas Pednekar, who is the V-C of the University of Mumbai (MU). The committee was formed to give suggestions to the state government on the holding of final year exams, keeping in mind the safety of the students.
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