Maharashtra minister for higher and technical education Uday Samant on Saturday met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to apprise him of the decision to conduct online examinations in 13 state-run universities amid a surge in coronavirus cases.
Last year several university exams were cancelled except for the final year students due to the COVID-19 pandemic and followed lockdown. Even this year the exam timetable got disturbed due to a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases.
Since February Uday Samant has been saying that the university exams will be conducted online this year as well.
Speaking to reporters, Samant said the governor had given his approval to the decision, adding that the procedures to assess the answer sheet, as well as a declaration of results, were also discussed during the meeting.
He said Gondwana University in Gadchiroli in Vidarbha managed to conduct online exams before other universities despite the belief that it would be a "geographical challenge".
Asked by the media about Ahmednagar BJP MP Sujay Vikhe Patil reportedly carrying Remdesivir from Delhi to his home district amid a shortage of the injections, Samant said the matter should be probed.
(with inputs from PTI)