Taking inspiration from #BlackLivesMatter#BlackLivesMatter, Indian students showed their outrage by putting #StudentLivesMatter trending on Twitter. Students are quite uncertain about the examination conduction amid the pandemic.
Every year millions of students appear for the examination. However, in the case of 2020, things are quite unusual.
Globally, the coronavirus spread has reached huge masses. In several countries, the lockdown due to it has been eased but going out isn’t a really good idea. As till now, no vaccine of COVID 19 has been developed, the only solution told by A doctors is keeping social distance.
In India alone, the cases of coronavirus affected patients have reached around 2.5 lakhs. Due to this, a big question on employment, availability of jobs and the economy has raised. Students are highly concerned about their examinations.
While several state governments have put examinations on halt, referring safety from COVID-19, news of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari granting approval to perform all under-graduate and post-graduate examinations of the MUHS has brought students into panic mode.
Koshyari, who is also Chancellor of state universities, gave his authorization for the examinations after Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh met him at Raj Bhavan, an official declaration said.
In the news appearing from Odisha, the Odisha government previous week published a revised order that enabled the conducting of examinations in schools and institutes.
Schools, colleges, other educational activity coaching institutions, etc. will remain closed till 31st July 2020. However, the conduct of shall be allowed,” a declaration issued by Special Relief Commissioner.
Students in Odisha illustrated the news and took to a social networking site, Twitter, to raise their problems regarding attending exams in a catastrophic condition. A Twitter user pinpointed the difficulties it will pose to visually impaired students or those with disabilities.
Pupils in Odisha aren’t the only ones. Over 50,000 students and candidates appearing for entrance examinations at AIIMS were left under doubt after the institution decided to execute the examinations on June 11 in place of June 5.
Dr. Gautam Tiwari, a doctor currently practicing in Jaipur, Rajasthan, said that the conclusion to conduct the examinations amid the COVID-19 pandemic was nothing short of negligence.
Planning the examination at a time when the COVID-19 lockdown has not yet been lifted is completely careless. It not only puts our lives in threat but also exists to imperil the community, he added.
Tiwari is one of the nearly one lakh candidates involving doctors and nurses who will be sitting for the four entrance examinations planned. These include the AIIMS Fellowship for postgraduate doctoral students and the examinations held to elect persons to the executive, nursing, and post-basic offices.
In its newly released announcement, AIIMS said that examination spots have been circulated across the country and that all social distancing laws shall be conserved at these centers including the compulsory wearing of a face mask and use of hand sanitizer.
The authority disclosed guidelines on May 30, lockdown constraints would proceed within containment zones while “unlock” activities begin in a phased way.
“On the one hand, they are announcing no public or academic gatherings. until June 30. At the same time, they are conducting nation-wide examinations and threatening health workers. What about our protection? Many of us are already risking our lives daily,” Dr. Tiwari said.
As these concerned nominees took to social media to post their resentments, #StudentLivesMatter became the prime trending hashtag on Twitter on Sunday.