At the beginning of this week, the UGC affirmed mandatory examinations for final year students. The UGC will ask states to adopt revised guidelines.
The UGC announced compulsory examinations for final year students based on the recommendation of the internal panel. The panel was formed on the recommendation of MHRD to take a final decision on the conduction of examinations for the students.
On Wednesday, the HRD Ministry issued Standard Operation Procedure (SOPs) to conduct final-year exams, which included wearing masks and gloves. Also disinfection of test center’s floors and walls, doors, gates necessarily before conduction of examinations.
At the beginning of this week, the UGC affirmed mandatory examinations for final year students. After this, the announcement many states like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, etc. denied applying the UGC guidelines because of the prevailing pandemic.
Also, the Maharashtra Higher and Technical Education Minister wrote to Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, expressing that in his viewpoint the July 6 guidelines are not mandatory but “mere advisory like the earlier guidelines”.
Now, the UGC has decided to ask all the states to adopt the revised guidelines no matter what they have announced earlier.
A senior officer of the higher education regulator conferred on Wednesday that “the UGC will ask all the states to conduct the final year examinations even if they had announced the cancellation of examinations earlier.”
However, in 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 the cancellation of examinations.”
Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh had already ordered the cancellation of examinations considering the COVID-19 pandemic. Out of these states, Maharashtra is the only state to show reluctance to the conduction of examinations after the UGC declared it compulsory.
“We have learned that some state governments have announced that examinations will not be held. If we (UGC) have issued guidelines, then all states and all universities will have to adopt it. The states which have made announcements, we will ask them to reconsider it,” Jain said to Rajya Sabha TV.
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