By Deeksha Karunakar
Aditya Thackeray, Maharashtra Cabinet Minister, and Yuva Sena President has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court against the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) decision to conduct final-year examinations before September 30.
Varun Sardesai, Yuva Sena Vice President, stated that Yuva Sena requested Supreme Court that each university may be drawn up, a separate strategic plan for semester/ final-year examinations in accordance with their conditions in their respective states so as to provide relief for students.
Yuva Sena stated, “Even in this highly worrying time, the Human Resource Development Minister and the UGC have announced that final-year examinations be conducted in India by universities in September 2020, keeping in mind its guidelines, but ignoring the physical and mental health, anxiety and safety of students across the country.”
He further argued that COVID-19 is a ‘global cataclysm’ that UGC should cancel the final year examination and come up with fair and uniform criteria for declaration of results and communicate the same to all the universities in India to follow.
“However, it seems the UGC has not understood the full extent of the dilemma that the country is currently facing and it's using its power and authority to make it mandatory for universities to conduct examinations, which can be avoided”, he added.
According to Yuva Sena, conducting final year examination as per the UGC guidelines and not providing relief to students is ‘doleful’ considering the unprecedented times of Covid-19 pandemic when the provisions of both the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, and the Disaster Management Act, 2005, are amended from time to time. If UGC proceeds with this order, the chances of it being implemented and to be safe are intricate.