CET 2020 Exams to be held in October, says Uday Samant

MUMBAI: The common entrance tests (CET) for all professional courses in Maharashtra will be conducted between October 1 and 15, said higher and technical education minister Uday Samant on Wednesday. However, a decision on final-year university exams is still pending. A meeting between the state’s governor, the minister and vice-chancellors of 13 public universities will be held on Thursday to discuss the schedule and mode of exams.

“The Governor told us to hold the final-year exams using simple methods and without causing mental stress to students,” said Samant. Earlier in the day, Samant, after meeting Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, said that the final decision will be held after a meeting with chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and the state disaster management authority. “The decision of final exam is expected in the next two days, following which the state will inform the UGC. The Governor has asked us to seek the opinion of vice-chancellors as they are aware of the ground reality,” said Samant.

Samant also said that he would recommend holding special exams for students who will miss out on this opportunity due to various circumstances.

A meeting between the vice-chancellors of 13 non-agricultural universities is also scheduled with the Governor on Thursday to discuss the panel report. The state had formed a panel comprising vice-chancellors and education department officials to decide on the schedule and the mode of final-year exams.

About the state-level entrance exams, he said that they are planning to start with MHT-CET for engineering courses in the first week of October and will conduct the rest of the entrance exams (for law, B Ed, MCA, etc) subsequently. Over five lakh students have registered for MHT-CET alone.

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