As colleges in Maharashtra are permitted to start physical classes with 50 per cent capacity from February 15, Savitribai Phule Pune University is yet to take a decision on holding the academic year's exams.
Minister for Higher and Technical Education Uday Samant said on Wednesday that the universities can conduct examinations online as well as offline as per the coronavirus situation in respective areas.
Now, as per the report by Pune Mirror, the decision over the exams will be taken in this week in the SPPU's board of examination committee meeting.
The exams for the final year students were conducted online in 2020. Now, the students of colleges affiliated with SPPU are demanding online exams for this year as well.
Universities have been directed not to force students to pay full fees, and a committee is looking into fee-related grievances of students, Samant further said.
"If a college is found violating government norms, it will face legal action," he said.
Colleges in Maharashtra can start physical classes with 50 per cent capacity from February 15, Samant had said on Wednesday.
All hostels may not reopen from February 15 as some of them are being used as quarantine centres, he said, speaking to reporters.
Physical classes in colleges stopped after the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic last March.
"Colleges in the state can resume physical classes from February 15 with 50 per cent capacity," he said.
Universities can start with practicals and gradually schedule physical lectures, Samant said, adding that colleges are expected to take students into confidence while deciding on this.
Students will get relaxation from the 75 per cent attendance rule as colleges have remained shut for the most part of the academic year 2020-21 due to the pandemic, he said.
The curriculum of second and final year courses has been covered to some extent through virtual classes, the minister said.
(With inputs from PTI)