Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Stressing on the need for the conduct of examinations in the State, Odisha Higher Education Minister Arun Sahoo on Saturday said that the mode of the exams for undergraduate (UG) and post graduate (PG) courses will be finalized on June 18.

Sahoo, who held a meeting with After Vice-Chancellors of various universities in the State earlier in the morning, said a final decision to hold the examinations in online or offline mode will be taken after another round of meeting on June 18.

“Examinations should be conducted. The Vice-Chancellors have sought seven days time to discuss the matter with other stakeholders including Principals, students and lecturers. A final decision on the conduct of examination will be taken on June 18,” said Sahoo.

According to Sahoo, several state governments had cancelled examinations last year due to Covid-19 pandemic. Later, examinations were conducted following Supreme Court's directions.

The Covid-19 induced lockdown was clamped in March last year but this time the lockdown was enforced in Odisha in May.

“At present, online classes are being conducted in the State. The Vice-Chancellors have informed that despite the delay, all courses are likely to be completed by June,” Sahoo added.