On 22nd March 2021, the Government of Telangana ordered the closure of all education institutions from 23rd March 2021 onwards in the state in view of the spike in number of confirmed positive Covid-19 cases. The government has ordered the educational institutions to remain shut until further notice. This announcement created a lot of confusion amongst students of OU & JNTU for whom exams were scheduled to be held in the months of March & April.
The Controller of Examinations of Osmania University & the Registrar of Examinations of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University each released an official statement on 23rd March 2021 to confirm that the scheduled exams for all courses in the months of March & April would go ahead without any changes. The officials from both universities specified that the exams will be conducted with Covid-19 precautions & safety guidelines strictly enforced.
In a new twist, the Department of Collegiate Education of the Government of Telanganareleased another notice (pictured below) to inform OU, JNTU & few other universities in the state that they cannot hold offline exams as per the government directive issued on 23rd March 2021. The notice specified that online classes & examinations can however continue but offline exams will not be permitted to go ahead until the risk of infection drops to a safe level.Syed Omar Jaleel, the commissioner of Collegiate & Technical Education addressed the notice to the respective heads of the universities in the state.