The schedule and modalities of conducting the exam for nearly 8 lakh students in the state will be declared in two days after the committee of vice chancellors finalises its plan. The committee headed by Mumbai University VC Suhas Pednekar is considering various options, Maharashtra’s higher and technical education minister Uday Samant announced on Monday following a meeting with the committee.
After the Supreme Court held that states have to adhere to the University Grants Commission’s guidelines, and conduct exams, the state government constituted a six member panel which submitted its report on Monday.
Samant said 11 out of the 13 state universities in Maharashtra, including the University of Mumbai, sought extension of the September 30 deadline laid down by the UGC to complete the examination process to October 31. The other two varsities – Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Amravati and Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nashik – sought extension of the deadline to November 10.
The proposal for deadline extension will be sent to the UGC for its approval. While mandating exams, the apex court had allowed states to seek extension of deadline.
Samant said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will hold a meeting with the state disaster management authority and discuss the new exam schedule.
He said that although the state will conduct exams, no student will have to step out of the house. “The committee is considering three options, namely online mode, open-book exam and assignments. We have asked the VCs to select one option. We are firm on the position that students cannot be made to come to the centre to take the exam. The panel members are meeting tomorrow (Tuesday), and by Wednesday they should be ready with their exam schedule and the plan for conducting exams,” the minister said.
The final-year exam papers will set on less number of marks to ease the burden of students. The five month deadlock over the exams ended on Friday with the Supreme Court ruling in favour of holding the examination.