According to the HRD Minister the guidelines were decided “keeping in view the educational interest of a large number of students."
Responding to the criticism faced the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) for the latter's guideline to all universities asking them to conduct final-year exams, the HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, today said that the performance in examinations are a “reflection of their (students’) ability, performance and reliability that is essential for global acceptance”.
On July 6, the revised UGC guidelines on examinations were announced by HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’. In the guidelines, UGC has asked the universities to conduct final-year end-semester exams by the end of September and conduct compulsory exams for supplementary papers.
Officials and ministers from Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab and West Bengal have already written, or said they will write, to the central government saying that they cannot conduct final semester exams.
The UGC guidelines have been facing several criticisms from different states, students and teachers across the country who blamed the commission and MHRD for putting the students’ lives under risk even as the Coronavirus infections and deaths prevail across the country.
HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, through his official Twitter account, said: “It is paramount for us to follow the principles of students' health, their safety, fairness and equal opportunity. Also, ensuring the academic credibility, career opportunities and future progress of students globally also matters a lot in the education system.”
He also added that “It would not be an exaggeration to say that educational evaluation of students is a very important milestone in any education system. Performance in examinations gives students confidence and satisfaction, it is a reflection of their ability, performance and reliability that is essential for global acceptance.”
According to the HRD Minister the guidelines were decided “keeping in view the educational interests of a large number of students”. The minister also said that the exams can be run by the university “whenever possible” so that “there is no inconvenience/harm to the students”.
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