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Meghalaya proposes October dates for final year exams

HP NEWS SERVICE
Shillong, Sep 2: The State government will request the University Grants Commission (UGC) to postpone the final year exams for undergraduate and postgraduate students to next month.
During a review meeting today the Education Department has also decided to propose that the exams be held between October 7 and 16, with the results declared by October 31.
UGC guidelines mandate that the examinations must be held for final year students by September 30.
The government has proposed that all postgraduate exams will be held online, while online and in-person (at examination centres) options will be available for undergraduates.
“We have proposed that the exams be held on October 7, 9, 12, 14 and 16,” Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said after the meeting.
Two meetings have been held so far between the government and North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), the only central university in Meghalaya, to discuss the issue.
Recently the Supreme Court ruled that higher education institutes will have to conduct final year exams and cannot base student scores on past results or coursework. The apex court had allowed states to request the UGC to postpone exams.
“We have taken this decision as there is anxiety among the students, who want to know if the government can step in to request the UGC for a delay or postpone the final exams beyond September 30,” Rymbui said. “By postponing the exams by a month the students will be mentally prepared and it will also help them prepare for their exams.”
Rymbui said that the state government would write to the UGC on Thursday so that the exams can be held according to the proposed dates.
“Students from Garo Hills can also appear for the exams from their respective districts and need not come to Shillong to write them,” the minister said. Undergrads from outside the state will also be able to take their exams online.