The University Grant Commission (UGC’s) recently released guidelines for the examinations are subjected to be challenged in the court. The recently released UGC guidelines mandated the exams for final year students and further navigated to conduct exams by September. Anubha Shrivastava, India wide parents association chief said that they are going to approach the Supreme Court. She further asserted that they will demand relief for lakhs of final year students in India.
Students via social media are protesting against the UGC’s decision and are demanding UGC’s guidelines to be scrapped. Undergraduate and postgraduate students are urging that assessment should be done based on internal exams and the previous semester’s results. They solicit the 50-50 criteria which have been set for the intermediate students. A final year student asserted that the guidelines did not bestow deliberation on the infrastructure. Also, the demographic limitations of our education system are being ignored by the UGC. A student Sharanya tweeted that the adamant assertion on the conduct of pen and paper during the epidemic will spell fate for students.
A student named Ashish Kumar proposed UGC to cancel final year exams and assess students on the basis of internal assessments. He further asserted that UGC should propose a provision for the students disappointed with the current results. Pen and paper exams should be conducted for the students when the situation gets stable.
Another student stated that UGC should make its guidelines as an advisory. The UGC should remove the compulsion and leave the decision on the state. Abhishek on Twitter tweeted that they don’t own a laptop or tablet. Also, the families will not let them travel to cities for online exams.
Even after the protests, UGC’s decision stays intact. Till now over 640 universities have responded to UGC’s guidelines on holding exams, said UGC. Out of these, over 454 Universities have conducted the exams or are planning to do so. Around 177 universities are yet to take a decision on the conduct of final year exams. The commission told that over 27 private universities established during 2019-20 are not yet eligible for final year exams.
Professor Rajnish Jain, UGC secretary a week back said that the commencement of final year examinations are very important. Also with the conduct of exams, the safety of the students is the primary concern. Universities and colleges can opt-out for the blended mode to conduct final year exams. The UGC guidelines have been formulated as per the standard operating procedure proposed by the Health Ministry. He included that final year exams fir students should be conducted by all the states.