Decision on university, college exams only after UGC guidelines: Education Minister Uday Samant

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Mumbai, Apr 24, 2020: In view of the coronavirus situation in the state, any decision regarding university and college examinations will be taken only after the receipt of guidelines from the University Grants Commission (UGC). Students should not believe in rumors and wrong information clarified Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant. He interacted with the vice-chancellors of non-agriculture universities through video-conferencing today and reviewed the working of the committee set up in respect of university examinations.

The minister said that the UGC has appointed a committee to look into conducting examinations for all universities in the country. The immediate decision on the report of the committee will be taken only after the guidelines of the UGC are received, he added. All universities have made preparations for conducting examinations on their respective levels. Online teaching is going on but no decision is taken regarding online examinations. Students will be informed about the examination from time to time and care will be taken to see that no student is deprived of examination, he said.

Corona testing labs will be started in all the universities. So far, this lab is functional at Swami Ramananda Teerth Marathwada Vidyapeeth, Nanded. The work of the laboratory is in the final stage at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada Vidyapeeth, Aurangabad, and Sant Gadgebaba Amravati Vidyapeeth, Amravati.

The Savitribai Phule Pune University has developed a ventilator to fight the coronavirus and this will be used in five hospitals soon. ‘Life Saving course’ is being made at the SNDT University and the students completing this course will be helping the health system. This course will also impart lessons on disaster management to the students, Samant said.

He appealed to every university to donate some amount from its emergency funds to the CM’s Relief Fund COVID-19 to enable the state government to fight with the coronavirus. Secretary of Higher and Technical Education Department Saurabh Vijay, Director Dhanraj mane, Maharashtra Technical Education Directorate Director Dr. Abhay Wagh, all members of the university exams committee and vice-chancellors of all universities participated in this meeting.