Jaipur: For the academic year 2019 – 2020, the Rajasthan government has decided to cancel all undergraduate and postgraduate exams for all the universities, colleges and technical educational institutions amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The decision was taken by chief minister Ashok Gehlot after a meeting on Saturday.
“In view of the scenario of the corona epidemic, examinations of UG and PG courses of higher and technical education will not be conducted this year, and all students will be promoted to the next class without examination,” said Gehlot.
With respect to the determination of the marks of the students being promoted, Gehlot said the Union ministry of human resource development will take appropriate decisions after studying the guidelines issued in the next few days.
The process to determine marks of the students and the promotion to the next class will be decided after examining the guidelines which will be issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD),” the Rajasthan government said.
The meeting was attended by state higher education minister Bhanwar Singh Bhati, minister of state for technical education Subhash Garg, chief secretary Rajiv Swaroop, additional chief secretary finance Niranjan Arya, and higher education secretary Shuchi Sharma and other officers.
The decision is applicable to both private and public institute. As per MHRD survey report – All India Survey on Higher Education 2019, the decision would affect 14.97 lakh students enrolled in higher educational institutes including 4.29 lakh in government ones. The announcement came after a weeklong protest by student groups demanding for cancellation of exams.
Rajasthan has seen its Covid-19 tally breach the 20,000-mark while the cases continue to surge across India and much rapidly in states like Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, among others.
India is now the third worst-affected country by the coronavirus pandemic after overtaking Russia on Sunday. The country has reported a steep rise of 24,248 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health stated on Monday. As many as 425 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, taking the national death toll to 19,693. India’s Covid-19 tally now nears seven lakh with a total of 697,413 cases. More than 60 per cent of people have recovered from the deadly contagion across the country with 424,432 patients recovering or getting discharged from the hospitals.