The youth wing party Yuvasena of Shiv Sena has made an application at Supreme Court of India challenging the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) the decision to conduct the final-year exam till September 2020.
In past, the party had issued written letters on 9th May 2020 and 7th July 2020 to University Grant Commission (UGC) and Government of India Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to cancel the final year examination and promote students based on average marks.
According to a press released by the party, the party states that as: –
· Currently the pandemic situation in India is only deteriorating to COVID-19 and not a situation to conduct examinations.
· UGC guideline to conduct final year exam till September 2020 does not consider the physical and mental health, anxiety and safety of the students.
· The conduct of exam is challenging as to How will be papers checked, when to declare to examination result, admissions to post-graduate course etc.
· How will be exams be conducted in rural areas due to connectivity issue.
· Issue in urban areas with risk to spike the Covid-19 cases if a large number of physical exams conducted.
5th July 2020, UGC in an official statement had stated final year student examinations may be postponed until the end of September 2020 but must be conducted online or offline mode and special provision of examination for those students who are unable to appear.
The party stated examples of education institutes who have cancelled examination such as
IITs along with the government of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and others.
Maharashtra is currently the largest and highest state to be affected by the virus and has more than 290,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases.