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MUMBAI: Final-year exams are likely to be pushed to October in public universities in the state. The question papers may be in the MCQ (multiple choice questions) format, said sources.
While the state government may come out with uniform guidelines for conducting the final exams soon, these were some of the points discussed in a vice-chancellors’ committee meeting held on Sunday.
The committee report will be submitted to the government on Monday.
Sources in the University of Mumbai said that the most likely the panel would suggest holding the examinations in online mode. Universities may be asked to check the feasibility of the online exam from college principals.
The experts may also suggest reducing the weightage of the 100-mark paper while shrinking the exam duration to one 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 V-C panel to look at the best options for conducting finalyear exams after the Supreme Court verdict. The court had relaxed the September 30 deadline for states that are unable to hold exams due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The panel comprised vicechancellors from Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Nanded and SNDT universities, and two former Mumbai University vice-chancellors and directors of higher and technical education.