The University of Mumbai organized its academic council meet on Saturday i.e., on 5th September 2020. During the meeting, the University decided to limit the exams to the students to 1 hour and for 50 marks. The concerned authorities have conducted this academic council meet following the decision of the Chancellor of all the state universities regarding the timetable and final-year examination mode.
Bhagat Singh Koshyari, the Governor and Chancellor of all the state universities announced that the statutory bodies of each university i.e., the academic council and board of examinations must decide on the exam timetable and the mode of organizing final-year semester exams. Following the guidelines of the chancellor, Mumbai University has made the aforesaid changes. As per the latest report, the University will consider only the part of the syllabus taught until 13th March 2020 for holding the exams.
One of the members of the academic council of Mumbai University said, ‘This will apply to all undergraduate and postgraduate courses that follow the 40:60 pattern. The exams will be of 50 marks, and the university is keen on administering multiple-choice questionnaires. The departments, though, are waiting for a circular to appoint a panel for conducting exams and start preparations for formulating question papers.’
Uday Samant, the Minister of Higher and Technical Education Department previously said that the universities have been informed to submit their corresponding action plan on holding the final year exams to the Government by 7th September 2020. Further, it will be submitted to the state disaster management authority for final approval.
This initiative of the University was made following the verdict of the apex court that no student should be promoted without conducting exams. As a result, the state has formed a committee of vice-chancellors. Suhas Pednekar, the Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University was the head of the committee. They discussed the procedure to conduct the final year exams to all the students in the safest manner.
On Friday, the committee has submitted its report to the state higher and technical education department including their 11 recommendations. On Friday, the committee has submitted its report to the state higher and technical education department including their 11 recommendations. Besides submitting the report, the committee also suggested asking for the extension of exams up to 31st October 2020 from University Grants Commission [UGC] to wrap up the examination process.
The report further states that the exam procedure including the result declaration can be wrapped up by 31st October 2020. One of the officials said that the admission procedure for the subsequent academic year can begin from 1st November 2020. It also said that the practical exams can be organized between 15th and 30th September 2020. The education minister Samant had already announced that the final year exams for all the University students will begin from the 1st week of October 2020.
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