The author: Abha Goradia
| Mumbai |
Published : 31. May 2020 4:01:17
Uddhav Thackeray asked the Vice-Chancellors to consider various alternatives before announcing the procedure and timing of the reviews, taking into account the security concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.
The uncertainty over last year’s or last semester’s exams for students continued on Saturday, when key minister Uddhav Tekkerey held a discussion with members of a state-level committee consisting of vice-chancellors from various state universities.
According to a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office, the Tekkerei has issued guidelines to consider the legal possibility of funding graduate students on the basis of average grades from the previous academic year, as well as optional examinations for students wishing to improve their grades. He called on the Vice-Chancellors to consider different alternatives before announcing the procedure and timing of investigations, taking into account the security concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Secretary of State for Higher Education, Uday Samant, said the decision on this matter will be announced in two days’ time. Minister of State Prajakt Tanpure, Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta, Secretary of the Ministry of Education Saurabh Vijay, Director of Technical Education Abhai Vag and other senior officials also participated in the videoconference.
Although Tekkerei reportedly informed officials that the assessments could not take place in July, there is disagreement among stakeholders as to whether or not the assessments should take place within the last year. As a result, the State Committee informally announced its support for the final examinations of Samantha and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiari. The Vice-Chancellors also stressed the negative impact that rejection tests will have on university funding, the recognition of user-generated content and its rating.
Dr. Suhas Pednekar, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mumbai, who chairs the State Committee, said that all Vice-Chancellors believe that the evaluation report has been submitted to the State and that we cannot change it. Our role is over and the government must now assess the situation in order to make a decision. In view of the fact that higher education institutions are autonomous bodies, the Academic Council of State decides on the organisation of examinations. According to Samanth’s earlier statement, the academic councils of some universities have already accepted the idea of organizing exams and have made a decision. On Saturday, university sources challenged the decision of the state government on behalf of the universities. Koshyari, the chancellor of all public universities, also opposed Samantha’s call to the University Subsidies Committee (UGC) to abolish final examinations. Koshyari called this unnecessary interference and wrote to Tekkeray: Failure by universities to pass final examinations is a violation of the CGU guidelines.
The former vice-chancellor of MU, Dr. Snekhlata Deshmuch, proposed other options as an alternative to the exam, such as open book tests, writing assignments and multiple choice questions. It was also proposed to defer a decision on this issue until the 20th day after the date of filing of the case. June.
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