The University of Pune has asked for police security at 900 test centers spread over three districts.

PUNE The semester examinations at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) will begin in offline mode on June 20. Uniformity in the administration of the tests has been a source of contention among different student unions and organizations. In the midst of this, the SPPU has submitted letters to the commissioners of police in each of the three districts - Pune, Nashik, and Ahmednagar - requesting police protection wherever it is needed during this time.

Mahesh Kakade, the head of the SPPU examination and assessment department, issued the letters. “The semester exams of SPPU will begin on June 20 across three districts of its associated institutions,” the notice adds. While the test will be conducted at around 900 exam centers and the timetable will be announced in phases from June to July, we ask that you provide police protection at the exam centers as needed. We all want the examinations to go off without a hitch.”

It would be the first offline SPPU test since the outbreak began. The fundamental preparations began in the past two months, with a precise strategy to perform the offline tests being developed. Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, the university’s tests have been conducted entirely online for the last two years. Even the examinations will be performed offline now that the state administration has approved the opening of college and university campuses to fully vaccinated pupils.

Earlier on May 30, a Bombay High Court (HC) bench of justices Milind Jadhav and Abhay Ahuja, while hearing a petition on ‘uniformity to conduct examinations across state universities and declare results in a timely manner,’ directed the higher education ministry to convene a meeting with vice chancellors of state universities, as well as to hear the petitioners’ side and submit a report to the state government.

Accordingly, on June 1, the petitioners, in this instance, activist Kalpesh Yadav and Blausha Bhasal, met with state higher education director Dhanraj Mane and filed a supplementary letter outlining their concerns.

“Our sole request to all state university vice chancellors is that the examinations be administered in a uniform way.” “Now we’ll take this problem to the state governor, who is also the chancellor of all the institutions,” one of the petitioners, Kalpesh Yadav, stated.

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