Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan, in an interview with India Today TV, discusses the need for the final year exams for the Universities and College students even in the Covid-19 pandemic.
The University Grant Commission (UGC) recently updated its guidelines regarding the conduction of final year exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In their guidelines, it was clearly mentioned that it is compulsory for all the Universities and Colleges to conduct final year exams.
The Vice President of UGC, Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan, clarified that it is completely basic for all the Universities and colleges to lead examination for last year’s college students and the degree for their courses can’t be given without exams.
However, The decision taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and University Grants Commission (UGC) was not accepted by the student regarding the conduction of the final year exam.
Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan clear about viewpoint on final exams
On April 29, guidelines issued by the UGC regarding the conduction of final year exams and the academics calendar made that clear. The college students should start preparing for the same, said Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan.
He further added that in a lifecycle of academics we should not encourage awarding a degree without exams. This is all that the UGC and they feel strongly.
Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan said UGC is trying there best and the guidelines clearly mentioned that the Universities are free to conduct the exams online or offline as per their preference.
The frustration of students due to regular changing dates
While discussing the psychological strain students are looking for because of the continually changing dates of their final year exams, the UGC Vice President explained that the position of UGC with respect to the conduction of final year exams was clarified from the earliest starting point.
He said it is tragic and is really very sorry that the final year students have to face this kind of situation but the UGC is clear from the starting and their stand is constant.
He further added that they have to conserve academic credibility as this decision will affect the future of students. They can’t make a decision based on immediate emotions.
Universities to prepare themselves for conduction of final year exams
A lot of backlash on the decision of conduction of final year exams from students because of the inadequacy of resources and technology. Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan confessed that the UGC gave the Universities sufficient time to prepare for the conduction of final year exams.
Earlier, the UGC guidelines were released on 29 April. In those guidelines, they have decided to promote the intermediate semester students but the final year students have to give their exams for their degree.
Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan said that the colleges have had a long time to get ready themselves and courses of action could have been made effective with regards to the conduction of final year exams.
Exams are compulsory for the careers of students
Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan explained that we can’t imagine a doctor becoming a doctor without an exam similarly an engineer becoming an engineer without exams. The exams are mandatory in academics.
He added that if they decide to conduct exams they will find a way but if the colleges decide not to conduct then the door is closed.
He said if they teach students that they can have a degree without exams then they are delivering a wrong message to the youth. The cancellation of exams will not be good for the career of students of any country.
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UGC guidelines, exams mandatory for all universities
The UGC Vice President, in his interview clear that the final year exams are compulsory for all the Universities and Colleges as per the UGC guidelines.
While discussing the security of College Students, he stated that It’s not possible for anyone to give assurance. The circumstance is changing so quickly that they can’t state what will happen tomorrow. Be that as it may, when alcohol shops and markets can be opened, similar inquiries are relevant.
Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan asks when liquor shops and business can be opened, why can’t exams be held?
He added that the deadlines till September are decided on today’s condition. They will decide that fate is things are not normal by September for the final year exams.
He mentioned that they have to be flexible in the situation of Corona. There is a difference in cancellation and postponement of exams.
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