The Minister of Higher and Technical Education in Maharashtra, Uday Samant, recently announced via microblogging site Twitter that the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test 2020 (MHCET 2020), as well as several state-level entrance exams, will be postponed due to the current situation in the state amid the coronavirus outbreak.
No new dates have been announced for the entrance test yet. The entrance will be conducted once the situation in the state is better and conducting such exams becomes safe.
The MHCET 2020 was supposed to be held from July 4 for admission into various undergraduate programmes in colleges across the state. Over 5 lakh students were supposed to appear for entrance tests for college admissions this year.
Because of the coronavirus outbreak in the nation, all educational institutes have been shut down in the country since March 21. Thus, the college exams and entrance exams are being postponed across the country.
Impact of Covid-19 on Maharashtra’s education
Several weeks after the lockdown was announced, the state government decided to hold examinations for only final year college students. After the students and parents raised their concerns regarding the conduction of exams, the education department decided to cancel them.
The Maharashtra HSC and SSC Results 2020 have also been delayed because of the pandemic. The evaluation process was halted because of the nationwide lockdown. Recently, it has been announced that the result can be expected in July.
Students in Maharashtra are happy with the decision taken by the state’s education department regarding the deferment of MHCET 2020. Students have been expressing their gratitude by reverting to the minister’s tweet.