Mumbai: Minister for Higher and Technical Education, Uday Samant, on Thursday stated that the state government is firm on cancelling examinations for final year students. Samant said, "Students are even more confused after the central government's decision to conduct examinations for final year students by September-end, but we can't keep these students guessing till September."
Samant also commented on the issue of students with ATKT (Allowed To Keep Term). He said, "We had a meeting about students with ATKT in which 13 vice-chancellors participated. The committee appointed for this issue has suggested that students with ATKT should also be promoted just like other students will be assessed on average marks. Those students who do not qualify this criteria should also be promoted by giving them grace marks as a special case for this year and that their exams should also be cancelled, the committee has suggested."
Samant said, "Keeping in mind the larger interest of lakhs of students, we arrived at the decision to cancel final year exams. Out first meeting took place on April 6 and a committee of 6 vice-chancellors was appointed. Dr Suhas Pednekar was chairman of the committee. Later, we received guidelines from UGC on April 29 which said that the state governments should decide on the issue after assessing the local situation. As per these guidelines, the state government decided to act as per the suggestions of vice-chancellors committee. This committee submitted their report on May 6 and then we had a discussion with the Governor. We accepted the report on May 8 and sent request to UGC on May 17 to cancel the final year exams."
"On this backdrop, I watched the UGC vice-presidents interview which has created more confusion among students. It is impossible to conduct exams till September end and this has been decided keeping the students safety at forefront. UGC could have cleared all doubts if they had instructed to conduct exams in their circular dated April 29 itself."
Edited by: Pranav Jalan