Coronavirus Outbreak: Maharashtra minister Uday Samant requests UGC to promote final year UG, PG students without holding exams

Samant also informed the UGC that the state government had decided to promote students of diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate courses to next year, except candidates of final year.

FP Trending May 19, 2020 18:40:45 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: Maharashtra minister Uday Samant requests UGC to promote final year UG, PG students without holding exams

The Maharashtra government has requested the University Grants Commission (UGC) to consider directly promoting students of final year of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

Maharashtra Minister of Higher and Technical Education Uday Samant shared the image of a letter he wrote to the UGC on Twitter.

In the letter, Samant wrote that it would be challenging to conduct exams of approximately eight to 10 lakh students, while maintaining all safety protocols. According to him, final year exams should not be held this year.

Follow LIVE updates on coronavirus outbreak here 

Samant also informed the UGC that the state government had decided to promote students of diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate courses to next year, except candidates of final year. However, this does not apply to medical, agricultural and animal husbandry universities.

The Uddhav Thackeray government had appointed a state-level committee to offer recommendations on the conduct of examinations and the academic calendar based on UGC guidelines. The committee had advised the state government to promote the students to next year.

Earlier this month, Samant said that all final year students would be taking exams between 1 July and 30 July, according to a Hindustan Times report.He also clarified that students from the remaining years would be promoted to the next year.

The decision to hold exams for final year came after a UGC-appointed committee suggested that universities may conduct exams in July.

According to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, COVID-19 has infected over 35,000 people and claimed the lives of more than 1,200 in Maharashtra. Around 8,400 people have recovered from coronavirus in the state.

 

Updated Date:

also read

US President Joe Biden to end COVID-19 emergencies on 11 May
World

US President Joe Biden to end COVID-19 emergencies on 11 May

The move to end the national emergency and public health emergency declarations would formally restructure the federal coronavirus response to treat the virus as an endemic threat to public health that can be managed through agencies’ normal authorities

WATCH: Pfizer fiddling with female fertility, says R&D chief Jordon Walker
World

WATCH: Pfizer fiddling with female fertility, says R&D chief Jordon Walker

Pfizer Director Jordon Trishton Walker landed himself in the eye of the storm, after he was caught on camera admitting that something irregular was happening to women's periods after getting the company's vaccine

China to fully resume travel with Hong Kong, Macau from 6 February
World

China to fully resume travel with Hong Kong, Macau from 6 February

Even after China reopened its borders to the world on 8 January, a quota system and COVID testing requirement remained for travellers between the mainland and Hong Kong