Maharashtra: Final year students write to HC, request to take a clear decision on exams

ST Staff
Thursday, 18 June 2020

The unprecedented times due to COVID-19 has stopped the work of the education department. Lakhs of students in Maharashtra are suffering because of this condition. The pandemic has brought a shadow of uncertainty on the exams and the future of final year students.

Mumbai: The unprecedented times due to COVID-19 has stopped the work of the education department. Lakhs of students in Maharashtra are suffering because of this condition. The pandemic has brought a shadow of uncertainty on the exams and the future of final year students. The final year students have written to Justice of Bombay High Court through a student union. The students union has sent an email regarding final year students’ exams. 

A six-paged email was sent to Chief Justice of High Court Dipankar Dutta by Maharashtra Students Union. The letter-like petition demanded that email should be taken into consideration and decision regarding the final year, and the State government must clarify postgraduate exams. 

Clarification by the State government will help students to plan future and will reduce psychological stress, said the petition. 

It’s been said that if exams are conducted and due to fear of COVID-19 students did not give the exam; then a system should be placed to conduct examinations again. As of now, there is no plan from the State government to conduct the examinations. The government has appointed a committee which will provide a study of what can be done in such conditions. 

Association also has sent the email to Union Grants Commission (UGC). UGC has issued guidelines regarding structure of final year exams and mark awarding system.
 
Uncertainty is the most certain thing amidst COVID-19 crisis 

The universities in the State do not have unanimity in the decisions. No definite decision has been declared by technical education institutions, Bar Council, Medical Council, etc. Apex bodies also have not declared anything. Therefore there is a stressful atmosphere among students, tells the plea. As per the survey conducted by the Maharashtra Students Union, around 30,000 students have denied appearing for the exam. 

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