The Bengal Government has also objected to this decision of UGC on exams conduction by end of September. The Bengal government wrote to the higher education secretary, MHRD, Amit Khare. The government strongly condemned the UGC’s recent instructions which asked all the universities to hold the final term examinations by the end of September.
University Grants Commission released its new guidelines allowing the universities and colleges to conduct final year exams of students by the end of September. It asked all the states to compulsorily implement the guidelines even if they ordered the cancelation of exams earlier.
Bengal’s Objection To Hold Exams by September
After Maharashtra, the Bengal Government has also objected to this decision of UGC. On Thursday, the Bengal government wrote to the higher education secretary, MHRD, Amit Khare. The government strongly condemned the UGC’s recent instructions which asked all the universities to hold the final term exams by the end of September.
State education secretary Manish Jain expressed that “the move was against the spirit of the federal structure enshrined in the Constitution of India, as the ‘education’ is placed in the concurrent list and Bengal was never consulted by the UGC despite a request.”
In a communication with Rajya Sabha TV on Wednesday the UGC Secretary, Rajneesh Jain said that “the higher education regulator will ask the states to reconsider their decision who earlier ordered cancellation of examinations.”
Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh had already ordered the cancellation of examinations considering the COVID-19 pandemic. After the UGC declared the final year exams compulsory for all the students.
However a senior academic alleged that “since UGC had been constituted by the Parliament. In the case of center-state conflict, the central law prevails. The present disaster act also gives the Centre a wide berth. Moreover, there should be uniformity in assessment rules to allow students to apply across colleges and universities.”
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