Mumbai University to promote students without conducting exams, Only final year students to give exams
Earlier this week UGC (University Grant Commission) suggested universities to promote first and second-year students without conducting the semester exams. And today Maharashtra minister Uday Samant held a webinar and made some major announcements regarding the upcoming examination schedule. Mr. Samant in his webinar announced that all students except those who are in the final year of their graduation will be promoted to the next academic year through the 50-50% formula as suggested by UGC earlier. The 50-50% formula includes 50% marks from student’s current semester internal exams and 50% marks from their previous semester. The exams for final year students will be conducted between July 30 and 1. This statement came after a month of formation of the expert committee for examination. He requested universities to ensure a timetable for all final year students. Moreover in his webinar, Mr. Samant said that it might be required to decrease examination time from 3 hours to 2 hours or take a 50 mark theory exam instead of 80 or 100 marks theory but such decisions will be left on respective universities and the situation of Covid-19 in the upcoming days. The minister ensured that while the conduction of exam in universities the social distancing will be practiced strictly and suitable seating arrangements will be made to enables a safe social distance between teachers and students.
Other than this, the UG CET examination which is taken by students for enrolling themselves in technical, medical, and dental courses was also discussed and the notification about the same will be released in upcoming weeks, said the minister.
After this huge announcement by Mumbai State Government, all eyes are glued to other universities such as Delhi University which hasn’t made any announcements yet. Delhi University has recently appointed a working group to oversee examination related matters. Now it is much awaited that what university decides over the issue of conduction of exams.