Final-year exams may be conducted online in October. Closing-year exams are more likely to be held in October in public universities within the state. The question papers will be within the MCQ (a number of alternative questions) format, mentioned sources. Whereas the state authorities should come out with uniform pointers for conducting the ultimate exams quickly, these have been among the factors mentioned in a vice-chancellors’ committee assembly held on 30.09.2020. The committee report will probably be submitted to the federal government on 31.08.2020.
Colleges of Mumbai mentioned that the most probably the panel would counsel holding the examinations in on-line mode. Universities could also be requested to examine the feasibility of the web examination from faculty principals. The consultants also counsel decreasing the weightage of the 100-mark paper whereas shrinking the examination period to 1 hour.
“As universities may need time to prepare for the new exam mode, it may not be possible to hold the exam by September 30,” an official said. State higher and technical education minister Uday Samant questioned the unlock guidelines of the Centre in a tweet: “How can examinations be held by September 30, if schools and colleges are closed. What exactly should the state governments and students do?”
Samant had formed the Vice Chancellor panel to look at the best options for conducting final year exams after the Supreme Court verdict. The court had announced the September 30 deadline for states that are unable to hold exams due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The panel comprised vice chancellors from Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Nanded and SNDT universities, and two former Mumbai University vice-chancellors and directors of higher and technical education.
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