Pune: No decision on MH-CET, final year examination, fee structure yet

Prajkt Tanpure Pune University
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Pune, July 28, 2020: The students/candidates aspiring to appear for the Maharashtra common entrance test (MH-CET) will have to wait a little longer, as the decision on whether to conduct and how to conduct the CET examination is still pending at the state government authority’s desk.


The minister of state (higher and technical education) Prajakt Tanpure stated that no decision has been made in regards to when will the CET for admissions to first-year courses in engineering, pharmacy, agriculture, law, hotel management, and other courses will be held in the state.

Tanpure was in Pune for a visit today. He visited the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) where he appreciated the efforts taken for formulating online courses for students. He also discussed several ongoing matters related to education.

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) induced lockdown many entrance examinations like the joint entrance exam (JEE), national entrance cum eligibility test (NEET), CET has been postponed. Two weeks ago the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) had announced the results of Std XII– higher secondary certificate (HSC) examination. However, there has been no clarity on when will the CET examination be held in the state making students and parents anxious with passing days.

“Many students prepare for the CET throughout their Std XI-XII. Students have expressed their opinion of conducting the CET examination, as they wish to be evaluated and considered eligible for admission to various colleges based on their performance in the entrance exam. Hence we are preparing to conduct the examination at Taluka-level, and currently working in building the infrastructure to host the examination in 70 Talukas in Maharashtra,” said Tanpure.

“But because of the pandemic, the CET has again got postponed and when it can be held hasn’t been decided. We are also looking for possibilities, whether admission can be conducted at the college-level itself. Also, we discussions are underway to consider 45 percent as the minimum marks obtained in Physics, Chemistry, and Math for admission to engineering college. Nothing has been decided so far,” he added.

Questioned about the conduct of final year examination for graduation and post-graduation students, Tanpure stated that a petition has been filed in the High Court and Supreme Court, therefore, unless any verdict is announced, he refused to comment on it. However, he stated that action will be taken according to the court’s decision.

Many students have appealed to the state education ministry and educational institutes to consider slashing some amount in the fee structure as students are taking online classes and the college infrastructure isn’t being used now. Commenting on this, Tanpure said that only after looking at the fee structure of colleges any decision regarding this will be made.