On Saturday, Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray filed a petition before the Supreme Court which challenged the decision of UGC (University Grants Commission) of conducting the final year exams before September 30.
But the petition has not been admitted into the court yet for the hearing.
Earlier this month, following the guidelines of the Ministry, Thackeray had called the decision of the Ministry absurd and probably form a different universe altogether.
Thackeray had said that the decision taken by the UGC is utterly absurd and probably from an alternate universe. He had urged the UGC to not make this issue silly. They should realize that the lives of so many students, teachers, and non-teaching staff were at stake.
The UGC and the Ministry were cornered by Aaditya Thackeray for the non-realization of the growing numbers of COVID cases in the country.
Aaditya Thackeray had said that unless the HRD and UGC take the guarantee of the health of each student appearing of the examination, what guarantee is there apart from them not realizing the growing cases in the country.
Thackeray also added in his tweet that incomplete syllabus, mental stress, the highest risks to teachers and students, while the top priority of the best universities in the world is to skip exams, our UGC and MHRD want to enforce exams on students.
He also said that apart from our UGC and HRD, nowhere in the world, academic excellence is dependent on only one exam.
Thackeray also said that a formula has been decided by the MVA (Maha Vikas Aghadi) of being fair and just- based on the aggregate of their past performances in past semesters, students will be passed. Those students who feel that they can do better can always appear for exams when they will be conducted.
The same guidelines by UGC were challenged in Bombay High Court by a students’ union and a group of five final year law students on Friday.