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Pradeep Singh

Bhubaneswar: Amid protests by students against exams during COVID-19 pandemic, Odisha Technical Education Minister Premananda Nayak on Monday informed that exams of professional courses like MBA, B.Pharm and B.Tech among others will be conducted from July 9 till July 29.

Speaking to media, Nayak said that in view of the COVID-19 situation, exams will mostly be held online till situation improves. "Students should appear for the exam and it will online and of 2 hours' duration. The MBA, B.Pharm, B.Tech and other such exams will be conducted between July 9 and July 29," he said.

On resumption of new semesters, Nayak said, "In view of the COVID-19 crisis, holding offline classes doesn't seem likely in near future and hence, there will be online classes for the time being."

However, the minister said that a decision pertaining to introduction of online classes is yet to be taken. "We will take a decision on starting online classes by the second week of July," he added.

On the other hand, Odisha government has already allowed Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) and Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) to conduct the final semester exams of all courses.

In a notification issued on June 19, Skill Development and Technical Education department had asked the BPUT and VSSUT vice-chancellors to conduct the final semester exams of all courses online to give an exit opportunity to the final year students.

The State government had also asked the universities to devise their own pattern to conduct the online exam as per the guidelines issued by UGC/AICTE for the 'COVID-19 pandemic, security and preservation of data on their respective servers'.

BPUT and VSSUT were also directed to conduct the exams during the first week of July and declare the results by the end of July 2020.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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