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Amid this pandemic, youth’s educational future is under a great threat. In the mid of a large confusion between conducting the exam or not. Our HRD Minister announced a solution for the Final Year Exam .
HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Announcement
Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal, the Human Resource Development Minister said, “Final exams will definitely take place”. In a live interaction with NDTV, he interacted with 45000 higher education institutions across India. He was joined by the chairpersons of NAAC and UGC. Discussions on the most pressed issues, the HRD minister declared that term end examinations will take place for the final year students.
During the interview, he says the following words, ” I am confident the situation will be normal. If it doesn’t get better, we will consult the ministry, students, and parents. We will consider all the suggestions. The safety of students will be our foremost priority.” These words signifies the importance of students health amid this pandemic. He promises to ensures social distancing and various other safety measures during the final term end examination.
UGC on Final Year Exam
The UGC has suggested to held exams in July. While on the other hand, if the pandemic situation still remains the same, the HRD Minister decided to promote first year students on the basis of internal assessment. Similarly, Second year students will be promoted on the basis of 50% of their intenal assessment and 50% on their previous academic result. This announcement session involved interaction with students, parents and teachers.
This resulted in solving their queries amid this lockdown. Ramesh Pokhriyal clears the status for the final year students by saying , ” If the situation does not improve by July then, new dates or modes of conducting exams can be thought of but the exam will take place for final year students”.
The minister’s comment come amid growing demands for conducting final year exams through internal assessment. In University of Delhi itself, studenst and teachers says, ” Final year students should be evaluated on the basis of internal assessment and previous academic results.”
How will the Exams take place?
The above question is a big crisis after the decision of conducting exams. Most of the students are uncertain about the modes as well as the examination process. In the interview with Ramesh Pokhriyal, certain ideas were laid regarding the examination process. The minister reminded viewers by stating ,“Both UGC and NCERT have formed taskforces to create academic calendars in view of COVID-19 lockdown. They have come up with the safety guidelines so that schools and colleges can open without compromising on safety of students as well as teachers. Students should reach UGC taskforce to grab more information in case they have any query.”
Further, the minister decided that first year and second year students were not required to take exams. Universities can assess them on the basis of internal as well as previous semester result. Reopening of schools and colleges is also been considered. Various meetings are been held to decide how to reopen the entire education system without putting teachers and students’ health on risk.
Raj Thackeray requests increases the dilemma for final year exams
The dilemma for the youth’s educational future is yet not solved. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray raised questions on the deicsions of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. Amid the lockdown, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari insisted to held final year exam in the state. But seeing the increasing figures of number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
MNS president wrote letter to the Governor for requesting to cancel the final year term end exams and promote them on the basis of practicals, projects or internal exams. Raj Thackeray raised issue of students health safety amid coronavirus.
He wrote in his letter ,” If, even the lockdown is eased down does that mean we are free from coronavirus ? Of course not! You too are aware of this.” He further urged to cancel Final year term end exams in totality.
After various protests and arguments laid by students and parents. Maharashtra minister of Higher and Technical Education Uday Samant states,” I have Requested the University Grants Commission (UGC) to cancel the final year varsity examinations in the view of coronavirus outbreak. Such a decision would help 8-10 lakhs students across Maharashtra.”
While, the confusion and argument still goes on as Governor states against the idea of cancelling the term end exam and writes to the Maharashtra CM Udhav Thackeray about this. The confusion cloud still remains intact upon the final stance of final exams.
Students take in opposing the final exams
While, everyone is trying to find a solution for the examination process. Amid this confusion, Students from all over India are opposing the idea of delayed term end examination. They are also in oppose for the online mode of examination. Online process lacks infrastructure and proper assessment.
Further, most of the universities have decided to not to opt for the online mode for final term end examinations. Students also fear the delay in getting their degrees which further can lay an impact on their joining jobs. The confusion still remains intact.
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