In the wake of the second wave of covid-19, 13 state-run universities in Maharashtra have decided to conduct examinations for undergraduate students online, said Uday Samant, the Minister for Higher and Technical Education. Maharashtra is one of the states hit hard by the second wave of Covid.
"There are strict restrictions imposed to break the chain of the COVID-19 spread in the state. Hence, we have decided to conduct examinations for undergraduate students, from first to the third year, online," Samant said on Thursday.
The government arrived at this decision after discussing it with Vice-Chancellors of the universities, he added. The minister said that there is a plan to request the state administration to consider the exam-related works in the essential service category.
Universities of Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, and Gondwana had already conducted certain exams earlier, said the state minister. "We are also trying to inoculate students in the age group of 18 to 25 years. There are some 37 lakh students in all these universities who can be vaccinated at their respective institutions," he said, adding that the final decision in this regard is yet to be taken.