Notably the current development is consequent to the communication by University Grants Commission (UGC) to all Universities and the statement of Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal wherein it has been made made mandatory for Universities to hold examinations of terminal year in the month of September.
It was last month, succumbing to the pressure mounted by various students organizations, especially the National Students Union of India (NSUI) headed by Haryana president Divyanshu Budhiraja, INSO represented by Digvijay Chautala and students union affiliated with Indian National Lok Dal.
NSUI had even moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court after Higher Education Department had announced to conduct examination of all the classes between July 1 to July 31. Consequently, the department announced to conduct examination only for the students of terminal classes. This too was challenged and ultimately Haryana government had announced to do away with exams,
“We have received the communication and we shall consult the vice chancellors and would take the final call accordingly,” said Ankur Gupta, the Principal Secretary and Financial Commissioner (Higher Education) said.
Meanwhile, UGC’s fresh advisory has triggered unreset among the NSUI.
Divyanshu Budhiraja was quick to react and termed the decision as lack of foresight on the part of authorities, especially at the time when there is a spike in the COVID cases everyday.
“In this situation the amended guidelines of UGC is acting like totally mentally harassment for the students. Health of the students is like a joke for the Government..When MLA’s, MP’s and bureaucrats are not feeling safe and not suggesting to open Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and state Legislative assemblies then why government is planning such type of criminal conspiracy against the health of innocent students,” said Budhiraja.
I urge the Haryana government to stand by its stand of not to conduct examination, he added.
While ABVP State general secretary Sunil Jaglan said that decision by UGC is welcome. “But, any step must be take while keeping in view safety of students. We welcome the rulings of the authorities as exams are the only way to find out the deserving candidates. But still it should be taken after we get a relief from this pandemic period so that candidates can stay safe too,” said Jaglan.