Citing the rising cases of coronavirus as reason, the Miniter of Higher Education and Technical Education, Maharashtra, Uday Samant, through a tweet informed that the state has postponed several entrance exams conducted by CET. The entrance test will be held once the situation gets better. Thus, the new dates to hold these exams are yet to be announced.
This decision is likely to impact over 5 lakh students across the state who appear for different entrance exams. Maharashtra CET for undergraduate admission was to be held from July 4. This too stands postponed. For every one lakh population, there are 30.04 coronavirus cases in India, as per the data provided by the Health Ministry. India has so far witnessed over 4.25 lakh cases. Maharashtra had registered among the highest number of cases in India.
Several students had been expressing concerns over conducting these exams amid the pandemic. These students have reverted to the minister’s tweet with messages expressing gratitude.
Earlier, the Maharashtra government had also canceled holding of final year exams as well. The state had provided students with an opportunity to appear for the exams in a later stage, in case they are not happy with the score given through internal assessment. This too was announced after several days of online protest by students, teachers, and parents.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai high court has also asked state and center to decide on pending CISCE board exams which were to begin from July 1. CISCE has given the choice of appearing for the exams to students. Those who do not wish to sit for the CISCE exam will be awarded marks based on internal assessment.