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University of Mumbai may continue with online mode for 2022 summer exams

University of Mumbai may continue with online mode for 2022 summer exams

Due to the growth in Covid cases and the Omicron scare, the University of Mumbai (MU) may only conduct its summer 2022 examination online. As per internal sources, the institute has decided to take offline exams that are on hold, even though some stakeholders are embedding them.

Giving inside details in the matter, an official from Mumbai University, requesting anonymity, shared, "Since colleges are reopened, and classes were being held in the online and offline mode, many stakeholders thought of conducting the summer 2022 examination in offline mode. But due to rise in cases, Mumbai University might have to stick to online exams once again." He also informed that before Mumbai University takes a final call on the same, the expert committee's advice will be considered.

In October, Uday Samant, minister for state higher and technical education, announced the reopening of colleges only for double vaccinated students. In a statement made on 13th October, Samant suggested that colleges implement the physical reopening of campuses in a phased manner and continue online classes for not fully vaccinated students.

Most colleges received a half-hearted response for the first few days, but the numbers gradually improved post-Diwali holidays in November. By December, many MU-affiliated colleges started conducting offline classes instead of mixed-mode to find out how many students would accept these moves.

However, offline-only classes had to be stopped as many students took to social media to share their worries.

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the principal of a college said

"Colleges were initially asked to inspire all students to get vaccinated, which we did, and helped conduct vaccination operation on campus to reach the goal. However, once Omicron cases started rising, more and more students as well as parents were make sure about physical classes and started more preferring online classes over in-person lectures,"

Recently, Varsha Gaikwad, the state school education minister, announced the decision to conduct class 10 (SSC) and class 12 (HSC) exams for the academic year 2021-22 offline between March and April 2022. "We are awaiting a reply from the state higher education department about the mode of examinations for the new semester. But for now, the exams will be conducted in online mode only," said an official from MU.

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) Deemed-to-be University has decided to reopen with offline classes from the first week of January 2022. "However, for programmes where first semester exams were plan programs conducted via online mode will continue via online mode only. Meanwhile, if the state government states new guidelines, we will ensure adherence to the same," said Meena Chintamaneni, the university's pro-vice-chancellor.

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