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Hold upcoming summer exams in online mode only, student groups request MU VC

  • Many of our fellow college students are nonetheless in their respective hometowns and it is going to be troublesome for them to journey again to Mumbai for bodily exams,” stated Mandar Shirke, a student consultant from Sindhudurg district.

PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 06:30 PM IST

Days after the Mumbai municipal company deferred reopening of faculties as a result of rising Covid-19 instances in town and across the state, a number of student groups have approached the vice chancellor of the University of Mumbai, requesting him to conduct the upcoming summer examination session in online mode solely.

In a letter addressed to VC Suhas Pednekar, college students from a number of MU affiliated faculties have highlighted the plight of scholars who’ve spent the final two semesters finding out and making ready for exams in online mode however are actually fearful that schools and the college would possibly insist on the exams being held in offline mode.



“While the pandemic was at its peak, the university considered the health and safety of students and teachers and ensured exams were being held online but now, several colleges are suggesting offline exams for the summer session, which will be unfair to students who have been preparing for online exams for two semesters,” stated a consultant for Maharashtra Students Welfare Association. Many have additionally shared their concern on varied social media platforms in order to garner extra help.

“Any decision on exams will only be released after we hear from the civic authorities or the state government. As of now, we are yet to hear about the status of reopening of colleges from the civic authorities and following that, we will make a statement on summer exams,” stated an official from MU.

Earlier this month, state schooling minister for greater and technical schooling Uday Samant introduced that schools can reopen with no more than 50% attendance on campus at any given level of time. MU affirmed this transfer with a round asking faculties to method native civic authority or the collectors office earlier than restarting bodily courses in a phased method. The round additionally shared Covid-19 security tips prescribed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to make sure security of employees and college students.

On February 12, nevertheless, after a meeting between officers from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and MU, the civic officers requested to postpone reopening of faculties by per week till February 22. The concept was to see if restarting of native trains for common public makes any impact on complete Covid-19 instances in town. MU has now requested all affiliated faculties in Mumbai metropolis and suburbs to delay reopening of faculties till additional discover by the authorities.

“With rising cases, it looks like colleges will continue conducting online classes and therefore, we request the university to hold exams also online only. Many of our fellow students are still in their respective hometowns and it will be difficult for them to travel back to Mumbai for physical exams,” stated Mandar Shirke, a student consultant from Sindhudurg district. He added that rising instances of Covid-19 in smaller cities is including to the anxiousness ranges of fogeys, and subsequently, line exams will save everybody from pointless anxiousness.

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