Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai)


- Dheeraj Bengrut dheeraj.bengrut@htlive.com

PUNE :Vice-chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Dr Bhushan Patwardhan on Tuesday said he would work to settle the ongoing tussle between the Maharashtr­a government and UGC regarding final-year exams.

“I am aware of the serious situation, especially in Maharashtr­a, due to the increasing incidence of Covid-19. Health and safety of students are supreme for all of us. However, awarding degrees without final examinatio­ns is not acceptable academical­ly. I am discussing different options with Maharashtr­a chancellor, vice-chancellor­s, and others from various universiti­es in the state. I will try my best in a personal capacity to put up a case for Maharashtr­a before the Commission, to bring a mutually acceptable, sustainabl­e solution. I hope these efforts will help to end the current impasse,” said Patwardhan, who was a biomedical researcher and professor of health sciences at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU).

On July 13, state higher education minister Uday Samant tweeted, “Today state disaster management authority meeting was held led by the chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and it was again decided not to take the final year exams despite getting guidelines from the UGC.”

Last month, the state decided to cancel final-year and semester exams of all universiti­es due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtr­a.

UGC later issued new guidelines, instructin­g universiti­es to organise final-year exams before the end of September.

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