According to the chief secretary of the Higher Education and School Department, the state should be allowed to implement its own decision without making the revised UGC guidelines mandatory.
On Thursday, the West Bengal Department of Higher Education sent a letter to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), objecting to the revised guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for compulsory final semester/year examinations by September-end. In the letter sent by the HRD ministry, Manish Jain, chief secretary of the Higher Education and School Education Department, called for a review of students' physical and mental health in the current COVID-19 situation.
“Mentioning statements like final-term examinations should be compulsorily conducted as per the revised guidelines of UGC, by the Ministry of HRD vide its letter dated 6th July, is only against the spirit of the federal structure enshrined in the Constitution, as education is placed in the concurrent list, and the state was never consulted by UGC despite sending a request for consultation with respect to framing of such guidelines…” the letter said.
Manish Jain mentioned in the letter that the state should be allowed to implement its own decision without making the revised UGC guidelines mandatory.
So far, all educational institutions in West Bengal have been directed to remain closed till July 31. Due to this, most of the educational institutions in West Bengal have been converted into separate Amphan cyclone relief centers.
The state also cited the fact that with the current trend of COVID-19 cases since April, “we are not sure whether the situation will be conducive for the conduct of offline examinations by September in a vast country like India.” Jain also said that while a large portion of students are deprived of free communication, it would not be right to take the exam online at the moment. “The students, their parents and other stakeholders have overwhelmingly appreciated the advisory,” Jain added.
However, according to a revised guideline issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC), students who fail to take the final-year exams in September will have one more chance, and universities will take special exams when possible.
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