UGC has released its revised guidelines for final year exams but Maharashtra government is against it. They are in favor of the safety of students.
Due to the rising cases of Coronavirus, the Maharashtra government is against the decision to conduct exams of final year students. Even though UGC has released its revised guidelines and postponed exams of final year students for the third time due to the rising cases of coronavirus, the Maharashtra Government is against their decision. There are 13000 containment zones in which people are stuck and surrounded by COVID-19 cases. It is not safe for students to come and appear for exams in such a critical situation.
WILL UGC TAKE RESPONSIBILITY OF STUDENTS THAT THEY WILL NOT GET INFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS?
The Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant said that UGC is not against the decision to conduct final year exams, but the situation is making them think about the decision again. He asked that if UGC decides to conduct exams in the situation of rising cases of coronavirus, will it take responsibility for the students that they will not get infected by the virus? Chief Minister of Maharashtra conducted the meeting with the disaster management after UGC released its revised guidelines to conduct exams by September end in offline or online mode. Uday Samant said that there are nine states who have canceled exams of their universities. The state would consult with the chief minister of the other nine states.
UGC SHOULD CLEAR STUDENTS WITH A ‘BACKLOG’
A few days back, some students appear for exams in Bangalore and got affected by the virus. The minister said that the decision regarding ATKT exams was discussed with the vice-chancellor. The final decision would be disclosed soon. The committee of vice-chancellors stated that students with a ‘ backlog’ should be promoted. This decision is yet to be approved by the state.
STUDENTS FOR NON- PROFESSIONAL COURSES HAVE TO SUBMIT AN UNDERTAKING
For non-professional courses, those students who want average grades in their previous semester exams have to submit a written undertaking accepting the conditions. Those students who opt for exams have to state the same. Samant said that they have already told the Universities who opted for exams to decide the timetable in consultation with local district officials and disaster relief authority.
STUDENTS RETURNING TO APPEAR FOR EXAMS WILL FACE MANY CHALLENGES
Students will have many problems if the decision would be taken in favor of their exams. They will be facing major challenges as many universities have been converted into isolation centers. Those students who have returned to their native place have to come back to hostels to appear for exams. They will face traveling problems due to lockdown restrictions and lack of transportation facilities. Moreover, there are many students who went to their native places while leaving their study material in the hostel.
Till now, UGC has released its guidelines for final year students. Further guidelines and decisions regarding final year exams would be declared soon.