Maharashtra Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant said on Tuesday that the upcoming exams for non-agricultural universities in the state will be held offline as decided by the vice chancellors of those institutions. Speaking to reporters in Nagpur, Samant said students need to understand that exams were canceled earlier and later also conducted online as a result of the COVID-19 wave.
“If we continue to hold the exams online, it would raise a question mark as to whether the industry would accept such students. Therefore, the exams will now be conducted according to the guidelines of the universities and in offline mode”, said the minister.
He said the decision to hold the exams offline was not made by the state government, but by the vice chancellors of 13 non-agricultural universities. The Minister was responding to a question about some students requiring exams through the online mode. On April 2 this year, the Maharashtra government had lifted all restrictions related to COVID-19, including the wearing of face masks in public places.
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