Students preparing for Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams, wrote to Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray demanding to reopen study rooms and libraries.
Recently, the civil service examination schedule was announced and UPSC, MPSC aspirants do not have access to reading material, hence the students decided to write to CM about their plight and seek help.
Due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus, the aspirants have already lost a lot of preparation time, without proper books like GK and other necessary reading materials, the students are finding it difficult to prep for UPSC and MPSC.
Amidst the global pandemic and nation-wide lockdown, students hailing from other districts had to return home, as survival in the city was getting tougher by the day.
According to sources, students have already paid subscription charges for study materials in various libraries and study rooms. Without reference books and general knowledge books students can't prepare for the upcoming exams, so their last resort was to inform CM about their condition and request him to reopen libraries.
Mahesh Bade, head of MPSC student rights' group informed Pune Mirror, "For the past three months, students across the state are continuously facing one issue or the other, be it about food or their rent. While we have tried our best to support them with whatever we could, we think it is about time that all libraries across the state resume operation now. From our side, in return, we will ensure that all social distancing and sanitisation measures will be taken care of."
According to official sites, MPSC exam is scheduled for September 11, and UPSC exam will be held on October 4.
After assessing the issue, Naval Kishore Ram, the District Collector said, "We will adhere to the guidelines issued by the state government and allow them to resume operation as soon as we get a nod."