Coronavirus impact: Fate of students having backlog subjects still hangs in balance

ST Staff
Monday, 6 July 2020

"The state government can cancel the exams for professional courses. The UGC has asked the universities to take decisions regarding exams depending on the local situation. Hence the state governments stand is very confusing."
- Adv. Siddharth Ingle, President, Maharashtra Student Union

Pune: Fate of final year students having a backlog of subjects is still hanging in balance, as the state government has not made any final decision in this regard. Since the last two months, the government has been not decided over conducting final year examinations for professional courses and on the issue of students with backlog subjects. Students have questioned this inordinate delay in decision making.

According to the University Grants Commission (UGC) instructions, the state government had cancelled all examinations for all courses except the final year exams. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had made this announcement, but Governor Bhagatsinh Koshyari - who also is ex-officio Chancellor of Universities - had raised objections about the process followed while taking this decision. CM Thackeray later conducted a meeting of all Vice-Chancellors and modified the government decision. Thackeray had later announced that students of non-professional courses will have an option to appear for exams. He also expressed his opinion that the decision regarding professional courses examinations should be uniform across the country and should be taken by the central government. Thackeray had also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about this demand but still, no decision has been taken so far.

The government had decided to cancel exams, but the question of over four lakh students having a backlog of subjects is still unanswered. Higher and Technical Education Minister, Uday Samant had stated on June 19, that a decision in this regard will be taken in two days. Now, even after 15 days, no decision has been made.

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"The state government can cancel the exams for professional courses. The UGC has asked the universities to take decisions regarding exams depending on the local situation. Hence the state governments stand is very confusing."
- Adv. Siddharth Ingle, President, Maharashtra Student Union

"The state government has not taken any decision regarding the backlog. We have to secure admission for the next year after completing the degree course. On one side, students are under tremendous stress and on the other side the government's actions are increasing the confusion."
- Aishwarya Ganbote, Final Year Student, Jadhavar Institute

"The state governments of Rajasthan, Odisha, Gujarat have issued GRs about cancellation of exams. Only the Maharashtra state government has not taken a final decision and is still having discussions over this issue."
- Ganesh Aware, Final Year Student, Modern College

"There are lakhs of students having a backlog of subjects. Students are waiting for the final decision of the government regarding this. The delay in this decision is causing mental stress for students."
- Kamlakar Shete, Final Year Student, Savitribai Phule Pune University

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