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Jul 13 (21:50) Amid COVID-19 situation, Maharashtra not to conduct final year University exams (www.timesnownews.com)
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Maharashtra government Disaster Management Committee on Monday had a meeting which was chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Today state disaster committee again took the decision of not conducting the final year University exam in the state in the current pandemic. In the last meeting also state had taken the same decision but UGC had taken a decision asking states to conduct the exams within the next two months.

"We had conveyed this to UGC that we are not against taking Examination, and we had never said so but considering the current
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scenario we won't be able to conduct it. We can't risk the lives of 5 to 6 Lakh students in this pandemic," said Higher & Techincal Education Minister Uday Samant.

There are 12,000 containment zones in the state. If students want to appear for exams state government will conduct it but post this pandemic, Uday Samant also requested UGC & HRD ministry to support this decision. Recently Raj Bhavan staff got infected with COVID-19, Mumbai University 10-12 Staff members were found COVID-19 positive. Maharashtra is not the only state which had taken this decision of not conducting an examination of fInal year university students.

"Right now in this situation, many colleges have been converted into quarantine centres or Isolation centres. It is difficult to make arrangments for exams in such centres. In the meeting, we did discuss the Bangluru 10th Std exam which was conducted for som odd 50 students, post first paper most of the students were found positive. hence we don't want to take that risk," said Uday Samant.
Earlier, Maharashtra Governor had opposed to the decision of state government to conduct the exams of final year university students. State Government is confident that even Governor will also support their decision in such a situation. According to Samant under State Disaster Management Act, the state has got the power to overrule any decision.
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==Disaster Management Committee today had a meeting which was chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
==In the meeting the state government again took the decision of not conducting the final year University exams
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