The University Grants Commission (UGC) has released the latest guidelines permitting the varsities to conduct exams across the country. Unfortunately, both educationists and students are not happy with this decision. They are and have been demanding the cancellation of final year university exams due to the health risks.
Former University Grants Commission Chairman- Sukhdeo Thorat, and 27 other teachers from various universities have also sent a letter to the current UGC Chairman regarding the same; it was sent on 9th July 2020. Professors from the University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Mumbai, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad and others have also signed that letter. It seeks cancellation of the exams for the final year and instead evaluates the students on past performance.
Furthermore, the professors have also raised concerns that the current situation will surely have a significant impact on a student’s life if he/she catches the infection. The immediate advantages of cancelling exams are that – first, repeated, but unavoidable postponements can be avoided, and secondly, it protects the integrity of the examination by ensuring equal treatment for all the examinees and supervision to prevent cheating.
After all, the proposed mode of examination, as stated by many, plays with the whole examination system.