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#SayNoToUGCGuidelines: FINAL YEAR STUDENTS ON UGC GUIDELINES, DEMANDS CANCELLATION OF EXAMS

Students are demanding cancellation of the final year exams using #SayNoToUGCGuidelines that emerged as the no. 1 trend on the micro-blogging site on Wednesday afternoon.

Angry over the decision, students took to Twitter Tuesday to raise their concerns and soon #StudentsLivesMatter started trending on the micro-blogging site.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has come out with a fresh set of guidelines wherein it has asked all colleges and universities to conduct the final year or semester exams by September-end. Students unable to appear in final-year exams in September will get another chance and universities will conduct special exams “as and when feasible”, the revised UGC guidelines stated. The students, however, have expressed reservations on the UGC guidelines. 

The chorus is growing stronger as students pointed out various “anomalies” in the UGC guidelines posted on Twitter by Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. Taking to Twitter, students are demanding cancellation of the final year exams using #SayNoToUGCGuidelines that emerged as the no. 1 trend on the micro-blogging site on Wednesday afternoon.

The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) has also expressed its disappointment over the UGC guidelines on exams, saying that they show “complete disregard for students”

Meanwhile, the Delhi University today informed the Delhi High Court that it has decided to postpone the Open Book examinations, scheduled from July 10, for final year under-graduate courses to next month. The DU submitted before the court that it would hold the exams after August 15 because of the prevailing coronavirus situation. 

STUDENTS #SayNoToUGCGuidelines

Students and parents have severely criticised UGC’s decision, saying the commission is ‘playing with students’ lives’. They have demanded cancellation of the final-year exams.

The University Grants Commission’s (UGC) decision to hold final-year exams for colleges in the middle of the COVID pandemic has upset students across the country.

The UGC in their revised guidelines released Monday said all universities and colleges would have to conduct final-year exams for their students — either via online or offline mode.

According to data from change.org, more than 100 petitions have been filed from March until now — requesting cancellation of various college, university and entrance exams. 

“UGC is playing with the lives of students. Forget their education, their life is at stake now. These frequent alterations of the guidelines are just torture. You can’t expect us to appear for exams in this situation #StudentsLivesMatters #cancelfinalyearexams ,” wrote Arya, a Twitter user.

“#StudentsLivesMatters According to the government, exams are compulsory ‘more than life’ is hidden in this statement! One side they say stay home stay safe and on the other side, they are ordering students to step out of their homes and go into the arms of death. What are they trying to prove (sic)”, wrote Sonali Gupta, another user!

Shibani Mukherjee, a Delhi University student, told ThePrint: “Just look at the irony of the situation. The same day when India was declared a third-worst country in terms of COVID infections, the government decides to go ahead and declare that exams are mandatory.”

Rishabh Saxena, whose daughter is in the final year, told ThePrint: “What was the government even thinking when they decided to give a go-ahead for the exams.”

“I am not going to send my daughter for the exams. I am alright with her giving the supplementary exams later,” he added.

HIGHLIGHTS OF REVISED UGC GUIDELINES

  1. Because of the emerging situation related to COVID-19 pandemic in India, it is essential to safeguard the principles of health, safety, fair and equal opportunities for students. At the same time, it is very crucial to ensure academic credibility, career opportunities and future progress of students globally. Academic evaluation of students is a significant milestone in any education system. The performance in the examination gives confidence and satisfaction to the students. It is a reflection of competence, performance and credibility that is necessary for global acceptability. 
  2. The terminal semester(s), final year(s) examinations will be conducted by the universities/institutions by the end of September 2020 in offline (pen and paper)/online/blended (online+offline) mode. 
  3. The students of terminal semester/final year students having backlog should compulsorily be evaluated by conducting examinations in offline (pen and paper)/online/blended (online+offline) mode as per feasibility and suitability. 
  4. In case a student of the terminal semester/final year is unable to appear in the examination conducted by the university for whatsoever the reason may be, he/she may be allowed to appear in special examinations for such course/paper, which may be conducted by the university as and when feasible, so that the student is not put to any inconvenience/disadvantage. The above provision shall be applicable only for the current academic session 2019-20 as a one-time measure. 
  5. The guidelines regarding intermediate semester/year examination, as notified on 29.04.2020 will remain unchanged. 
  6. If need be, the relevant details about the admissions and academic calendar in the universities and colleges shall be issued separately in place of those mentioned in the earlier guidelines issued on April 29, 2020.
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