Need clarity on summer exams: Student groups to state, Mumbai university
The Maharashtra Students Welfare Association (MSWA) has approached the state education department and state universities including the University of Mumbai (MU) seeking clarity on the mode of examinations for the summer 2021 session.
“No one has shared any information regarding summer 2021 examination, whether the same will be held in the online or offline mode. Students need to prepare accordingly, therefore we request the varsity to release a clear statement,” said a spokesperson for MSWA. Many students have taken to various social media platforms to share their concern.
In the first week of February, state education minister for higher and technical education Uday Samant announced that colleges can reopen with not more than 50% attendance on campus at any given point of time. MU affirmed this move with circular asking colleges to approach local civic authority or the collector’s office before restarting physical classes in a phased manner. The circular also shared Covid-19 safety guidelines prescribed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to ensure the safety of staff and students.
On February 12, however, after a meeting between officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and MU, civic officials said the reopening of colleges be postponed by a week until February 22. The idea was to examine if restarting local trains for the general public would have any effect on total Covid-19 cases in the city. At present, with Covid-19 cases on a rise, the decision to reopen colleges has been put off until further notice.
“Since there has also been discussion on reopening of colleges, there’s confusion whether exams, if held in May this year, could be conducted offline as well. Whatever the scenario, there needs to be some clarification,” said another student.
While a formal decision on the mode of examination for the summer 2021 session is still pending, an official from MU’s examination department said as of now, examinations will be held in the online mode only. “Unless we hear from the government on whether exams can be held in offline mode, we cannot make any announcement on the same,” said the official.