Amid the rising cases of coronavirus in the state, the Universities in Maharashtra on Thursday announced to conduct their examination for academic semester 2021 in online mode. As per the official statement by State Minister Uday Samant on Thursday, “Examinations for undergraduate students of 13 state-run universities in Maharashtra will be held online.”Also Read - SpiceJet Plane to Gorakhpur Returns to Mumbai After Windshield Crack Observed

Speaking to reporters, the Minister for Higher and Technical Education said that he also plans to request the state government to include exam-related work in the essential services category. “There are strict restrictions imposed to break the chain of the COVID-19 spread in the state. Hence, we have decided to conduct examinations for undergraduate students, from first to the third year, online.” Also Read - CBSE Term 2 Results Likely by June 30, Students on Twitter Demand ‘Best of Either Terms Subject Wise’ Evaluation Method

The Minister also said that the ministry has also requested the state administration to include some exam-related works in the essential services category. The decision has been taken after consulting Vice-Chancellors of universities. Also Read - World Menstrual Hygiene Day: Maharashtra to Launch Scheme to Provide 10 Sanitary Napkins For Re 1

“We are also trying to inoculate students in the age group of 18 to 25 years. There are some 37 lakh students in all these universities who can be vaccinated at their respective institutions,” a Times Now report said quoting Samant.