Conduct online or offline exams depending on local situation

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PUNE: Colleges and universities in the state can conduct online or offline examinations depending on the situation in their region, said minister of higher and technical education Uday Samant on the sidelines of the 119th Convocation ceremony of the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) on Monday.

Samant said that the Maha Vikas Aghadi government was for offline examinations only. However, in view of the new Covid variant, colleges and universities were advised to conduct examinations in both modes.

Samant also ruled out the possibility of reopening the government hostels as they could be required in the future as quarantine centers if Covid cases increased as a result of the new variant, so the decision to reopen was put on hold.

“The future will be for offline examinations only. Online examinations are only a substitute to the impending situation during the pandemic. However, as the situation improves, we will go back to the offline exams. Students should not remain under the guise of online examinations forever,” Samant said.