Yuva Sena moves SC for cancellation of final year exams due to Covid-19
'The petition is for each and every student across the country, being forced to appear for an examination in an absolutely bizarre judgement of the situation by UGC,' tweets Aaditya Thackeray
Thackeray asks UGC not to be 'stubborn about enforcing examinations when India has crossed the 10 lakh cases mark'
Mumbai: The Shiv Sena's youth wing Yuva Sena has moved the supreme court seeking cancellation of the final year exams of universities across states in view of the COVID-19 crisis.
"We believe that academic excellence can’t be judged by 1 examination and for academic excellence, we must calculate the aggregate marks of the past semesters. Beyond which, if students still feel the need to appear for an examination, they voluntarily may do so post covid," he further said.
"The petition is for each and every student across the country, being forced to appear for an examination in an absolutely bizarre judgement of the situation by UGC and non flexibility when it comes to human safety," Thackeray added.
The state government has already cancelled the final year/final semester examinations for professional and non- professional courses.
"The number of COVID-19 cases has been steadily on the rise and there has been no flattening of the virus curve. Many states and cities have been placed under lockdown again. Even the WHO said that large gatherings should not be held," Sardesai said.
Besides Maharashtra, seven other states have also cancelled the final year exams, he said.
Referring to the University Grant Commission (UGC)'s circular asking states to conduct the final year exams, Sardesai said it was impossible to do so amid apprehensions about the spread of infection in state like Maharashtra which has 10 lakh students.
Maharashtra has 2,92,589 coronvirus positive cases, including 99,164 in Mumbai, as on July 17.
Sardesai said the Yuva Sena had received requests from many students across the country to take up the cause (to cancel the examinations).
He claimed that the Yuva Sena had obtained more than two lakh signatures seeking cancellation of exams during an online campaign.
"Yuva Sena under leadership of Aaditya Thackeray wrote letters to the UGC and Union HRD ministry to highlight the issue but has got no response," he added.
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