The students, teachers, and parents across the country are spreading their nest wide to cancel final year exams. The conduct of University level exams as per revised UGC guidelines have created a state of unrest in the country. The revised guidelines by UGC have made the conduct of final year exams mandatory. All the state and central Universities are asked to conduct exams in offline, online, or blended mode.
The University Grant Commission had reached out to universities across the country to understand their standpoint regarding the exams. As per the reports, out of 640 universities over 454 universities are willing to conduct final year exams.
According to the official statement, UGC approached several universities to comprehend the status of the conduct of final year exams. So far the UGC has received responses from 640 universities. Out of which 120 are deemed Universities, 229 are private universities, and 251 are state universities.
The responses confirm that over 182 universities have already conducted final year exams while 234 universities are planning for it. It was further made clear that these Universities will conduct exams by the month of August – September. Over 38 universities are planning to adhere to the direction issued by relevant statutory councils.
The statement further stated that over 177 universities are yet to take a decision on the conduct of exams. However, the 27 universities established during 2019-20 are not yet eligible for conducting final year exams.
Students from across the country have gone down to social media for administering their protests against UGC’s decision. So emails, letters, and tweets are being drafted in the name of UGC which demands to scrap exams. Final year students are urging to abolish exams and grant promotions on the basis of internal assessment and previous semester exams. They demand the 50-50 criteria set for intermediate students to be applicable for their assessments too.
The final year students call UGC’s guidelines discriminatory and despair. Furger they demand UGC remove the mandatory compulsion from the following up of the guidelines and make it an advisory. As per the guidelines the exams for all the final year students to be conducted by the month of September.
HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal in a sequel of tweets tried to make students understand the importance of exams. Pokhriyal tweeted that assessment is one of the crucial junctures in the education model. Because the performance in examination boosts students’ confidence and provides results of their understandings. He further asserted that special exams will be conducted for students failing to appear for online exams.