The Centre asked UGC to review it’s guidelines on Final year students’ examinations eleven days back however, the University Grant Commission (UGC) has yet not taken its decision to ease the tensions of the students. The decision of UGC has made students stuck in a dilemma and has boosted the tensions.
Around 11 states in the country including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Haryana, Punjab, West Bengal, and Panjab have announced to cancel their examination for final year students even before the UGC releases its fresh guidelines. However, few Private Universities and Colleges falling under these eleven states have decided to conduct online exams for final year students.
MHRD’s Notice To States
Bhupendrasinh Chudasama Education Minister of Gujarat in an interview told that MHRD in a notice asked all the states to postpone their upcoming online exams for final year students till further notice. The states of the country have obeyed the directions of MHRD and the exams have been postponed. So far HRD ministry has not yet responded to the requests for a statement on this.
C.N. Ashwathnarayan, the Higher Education Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka that the Karnataka state is waiting for the guidelines and decision from the UGC and HRD ministry. As per the reports, the state will come up with a decision only after receiving guidelines from UGC and HRD ministry.
Where Karnataka is waiting for the UGC’s guidelines the state of Tamil Nadu has formed its own panel to recommend a judgment.
While Central Universities are waiting for the decision. University of Delhi students are to appear for the online exams (open-book examination) from 10th July even after the mock test conducted by the DU turned out to be a big failure.
When the COVID cases are increasing at an average of 22000 every day, students from all over the country have started a crusade through social media hashtags, letters to various ministries, and filing of cases in court against online exams. Students are demanding to cancel online exams and promote final year students on the basis of internal and previous year semester exams.
Students from around the nation are protesting with the hashtags. On Sunday morning a hashtag #NoMoreWaitUGC was trending on social media with over 40000 tweets. A group of students from Andra Pradesh State started using a hashtag #StudentsLivesMatter. Parents and students from across the country are waiting for UGC’s decision and are hoping to get relief in this extraordinary COVID situation.
Students from Gujarat Technical University(GTU) in a letter to UGC requested to cancel their upcoming exams instead of postponing them any further. While other GTU students told that they want final year exams to take place as they are dependent on final exams to impose their overall grading.
The HRD ministry has left the student in half hopes after asking Universities to postpone their online exams and by asking UGC to review its guidelines. However, the decision regarding the final year exams is yet to come while students are worried about their placements and final year exams.