A social media war has been waged by the final year students against the guidelines issued by the UGC ( university grants commission ). Also mainly over the direction that mandates all the universities across the country to conduct examinations by the end of September.
The prevalent coronavirus had made the situation very uncertain and tricky for both students and teachers and it is still far from over. Just like their counterparts, the students of BHU have also raised their concern and their voices against conducting exams.
By now, social media is storming with hashtags like #NoBHUExamInCovid, which speaks for itself. They are demanding to cancel the exams for the final-year students and that they should be promoted on the basis of their previous performances. Students are reluctant to step out in such a perilous situation as the coronavirus cases are still increasing on pace in the entire nation.
A student of the university said that BHu has planned to conduct their final year exams in offline mode in the month of September and it that happens then most of the students will have to travel across states which would be very dangerous.
Also after traveling, they will have to stay in hostels having double and triple occupancy accommodations in a single room, common bathrooms, mess, dining area, and that will make them even more vulnerable and exposed to the virus.
She further added that the varsity has assured of the thermal screening and sanitization of the exam halls but they haven’t considered the case of asymptomatic patients which can turn out to be disastrous.
Students say that they want and demand general promotion that too on the basis of their past performance. They raise the question that if 10th and 12th students can be promoted on that basis the why not hey can be considered for the same
Also, they feel that it’s all about just conducting exams and authorities have nothing to do with their safety, and if mid-year students can be promoted they why can’t they be. Students that the evaluation can be easily made on the basis of internal assessments, project reports, and previous semester examinations.
A petition has also been filed in the supreme court challenging the UGC Guidelines. 31 students from 13 states and one union territory have also filed a petition, one of
the petition includes a COVID-19 infected student. A batch of all such petitions will be heard on 27 July in the topmost court.
Cancellation of final-year examinations across the country is what the plea seeks.
Other demands include that the degrees be awarded to successful students by July 31 and that UGC should adopt a CBSE like model wherein those who are not satisfied should be given an opportunity to appear for exams and improve their result when the situation becomes conducive.
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