On Saturday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the letter, she urged the PM to “re-examine” the order passed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) regarding conducting terminal examinations for colleges and universities.
This has happened the day after the State Education Secretary Manish Jain wrote to Secretary of Ministry of Human Resource and Development Amit Khare in which he urged him to re-examine the matter to ensure the physical and mental well being of the students.
CM Banerjee also informed that the government has done extensive consultations with the Vice-Chancellors and other stakeholders on June 27. There it was decided that the weightage of the internal assessments and previous semesters will be awarded to the students.
She also said in the letter that the universities and colleges run by the state governments have already taken the steps in reference to the advisory issued by the higher education department. She mentioned that the discussions and deliberations were held considering these foreseen, challenging, and uncertain situations due to rising cases of COVID-19. The authorities have also urged the VCs to write tot he UGC against the latest order.
She said that she is receiving hundreds of emails from students and teachers community voicing their concerns compelling her to take this matter forward. She also referred to teacher’s and student’s community as assets.
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