Maharashtra is the only state to cancel exams of final year students. They have decided to award degrees to students bases on a formula of other universities. Still, the final decision is left with the Central Government.
Due to the coronavirus crises, all education institutions are temporarily closed. There are many pending things left to do for the students. Higher educational institutions and colleges have not yet conducted exams of students. Due to the rise in coronavirus cases, it is not safe for students to appear for classroom examinations. In view of all the conditions, some universities and colleges have decided to cancel the exams of students and promote them on the basis of the previous semester result.
PROMOTION OF FIRST AND SECOND YEAR STUDENTS BY DELHI UNIVERSITY
Delhi University has promoted first and second-year students on the basis of previous semester results and internal assessment. The university is looking forward to conducting exams for final year students. Students will appear for online mode of exams. Exams of final year students of Delhi University were going to be conducted by the first week of July. But it is further postponed. The new date sheet will arrive on 3 July.
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MAHARASHTRA UNIVERSITY DECIDED TO CANCEL EXAMS OF FINAL YEAR STUDENTS
The cases of coronavirus in Maharashtra are increasing at a high rate. That is why Maharashtra University has decided to cancel exams of final year students of both professional and non-professional courses. Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray said that this decision is taken by the State Disaster Management authority due to rising cases of coronavirus. Maharashtra is the only state to cancel exams of final year students. The power to cancel exams of final year students not only lies along with the Maharashtra government. The Central, as well as the State Government, has the right to take this decision as education is on the concurrent list of the constitution of India. There is a difference between professional and non-professional courses. Higher education courses in States like Maharashtra include undergraduate and postgraduate courses in different streams like science, commerce, and humanities.
UGC REGULATED ALL UNIVERSITIES
University Grants Commission regulates all universities in the country whether it is private. There are many universities that offer these courses. Those universities come under the purview of state government as well as the University Grants Commission. In the case of professional courses, statutory bodies like All India Council for Technical Education, Council for Architecture, Medical Council of India, Pharmacy Council of India, Bar Council of India, National Council for Teachers as well as the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology is also included. The decision of these statutory bodies also matters.
STUDENTS WOULD BE GRANTED A DEGREE BASED ON A FORMULA
When these statutory bodies submit their final decision, then only the decision would be either accepted by the government. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra has requested the Prime Minister of India to reconcile in this matter. As exams of final year students have been canceled by the State Government, students would be granted a degree based on the formula applied by other universities. The formula is not decided yet. This decision of canceling exams will only be confirmed when the Central Government endorses the decision. UGC has given permission to take a decision regarding exams and awarding degrees. But the final decision will be of the Central government. Due to the rise in coronavirus cases, it is difficult to conduct classroom examinations. Online exams are not possible for all the students as some of them do not have access to the internet connection and electronic gadgets. However, UGC has decided to conduct exams in the month of July and the HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has said that exams of final year students would surely be conducted. It will not be canceled.
A DEGREE WITHOUT EXAMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BY THE CENTRAL AND THE STATE GOVERNMENT
If the Maharashtra government decides to award a degree without taking exams, that degree will not be accepted by the State and Central Government. That is why Uddhav Thackeray requested PM Modi to direct the official regarding the cancellation of exams. But no such decision is issued by the MHRD and the Centre. Even if the University has informed students regarding the cancellation of exams, students are not yet confirmed with this decision. They have been given an option to appear for exams later. It is not known by anyone when the conditions of the state would be normal and when they would be able to conduct assessments and exams. Unless the Central Government takes the final decision related to exams of final year students, it will hamper the career prospects of students.