Even as confusion reigns over final year examinations in the state, the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) latest report informs that about 609 universities in India have either conducted the exams or are in the process of holding them.
The apex body had sought responses from universities across the country on the probability of conducting final year exams because of spiraling Covid-19 cases. It included universities controlled by the center and state along with deemed, private and autonomous institutions.
The report submitted to the ministry of human resources development (MHRD) has the updates till Wednesday, where it was informed that 818 universities (121 deemed, 291 private, 51 central, and 355 states) had submitted responses of which 209 had already completed exams in online or offline mode.
About 394 are in the process of conducting them in August or September in online or offline as well as blended mode. Of the 818, 35 are new universities (27 private, 7 states, 1 deemed) and their first-year batches are yet to become eligible for final exams.
After the apex body issued revised guidelines on July 6 on holding exams in the pandemic, many students’ organizations, particularly the National Students Union of India (NSUI), had flayed it for putting lives of lakhs at risk. Many states, especially those not under BJP rule, like Maharashtra and West Bengal, too opposed the move.
The state universities with lakhs of students are still confused about whether they should go ahead with the exams or award degrees on average marks.
“After Maharashtra government’s resolution (GR) it was clear that exams weren’t a possibility. However, the UGC revised guidelines again confused. Therefore, many vice-chancellors have approached chancellor Bhagavice-chancellor to end the stalemate,” Nagpur University VC Murlidhar Chandekar told TOI.
He added that NU administration was ready for both scenarios, holding exams as well for awarding average marks.
Flaying UGC, final year student Ajit Singh said nearly 9 lakh students across the state would be at risk of being infected with the deadly disease in case exams were made mandatory. “State minister Aditya Thackeray had already approached the Supreme Court doors challenging UGC’s diktat for holding exams. He also prayed for directives to the apex body to stop it from holding exams, at least in the state because of the precarious situation due to the corona epidemic,” Singh, also an NSUI activist, told TOI.
NU officials said the state government GR was challenged in the Bombay high court, which would deliver its verdict by next week.
# Varsities Answer
Responded — 818
Deemed — 121
Private — 291
Centre controlled — 51
State-controlled — 355
Exams conducted — 209
In the process of holding — 394
Yet to reach final yr — 35
(With inputs from Times of India)