Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray on Friday lashed out at the Union HRD Ministry and the University Grants Commission (UGC), the apex body of higher education for conducting the University examinations amid the increasing number of coronavirus cases and lockdown across the country.

Calling the decision absurd and probably from an alternate universe, Aaditya urged UGC to not make this a silly issue of egos and realise that the lives of lakhs students, teachers as well as non-teaching staff are at stake.

“Unless, the HRD Ministry and UGC take responsibility for the health of each student appearing for exams, one wonders what is the guarantee apart from just that the ministry and UGC don’t realise the growing number of cases in India,” he tweeted

In a series of tweets, the Sena leader criticised the Union government’s move and said that nowhere in the world is academic excellence dependent on one examination and that it is potentially hazardous given the high number of coronavirus cases.

In one of the tweets, he also put forth the formula which was decided by the Maha Vikas Aghadi government to pass the students based on the aggregate
of their performance in past semesters. Their formula also gave the liberty to the students to appear for the exams by their own choice, if they still feel that they must do.

He also said that it seems like while the entire country, including the Union and State governments, are trying to contain the spread of coronavirus, the
HRD Ministry and the UGC wants to do the opposite.

Students got a cruel shock late on Monday after the UGC revised its earlier guidelines and directed the universities to hold final year exams by September using different online and offline options.

It may be mentioned here that the Congress, earlier today, has also launched a campaign in favour of University students and demanded the cancellation of the exams. The campaign also demands a fee waiver of six months in schools and colleges.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 25 and urged him to instruct national-level
apex authorities to endorse the state’s decision on cancellation of these examinations.


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