Maharashtra cupboard minister Aaditya Thackeray has criticised the Centre’s determination to carry final-year exams amid the rising variety of Covid-19 instances throughout the nation. Aaditya, who additionally heads the Shiv Sena’s youth wing, Yuva Sena, referred to as the choice “absolutely absurd” and urged the University Grants Commission (UGC) to not make it a “silly ego issue”.
Yuva Sena had opposed the choice earlier within the week and requested the Union minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) Ramesh Pokhriyal to rethink. Aaditya’s assault on the Centre occurred the identical day Congress chief Rahul Gandhi criticised the transfer and mentioned it could be “unfair to hold exams during a pandemic”.
In a collection of tweets, Thackeray took on the Union authorities requested if the Centre realises that Covid-19 instances within the nation are nonetheless on the rise. He mentioned that the scholars would expertise psychological stress and face the very best threat of contracting the illness.
“The decision of the HRD Ministry of Union Govt, and the UGC is absolutely absurd and probably from an alternate universe. I urge UGC to not make this a silly issue of egos and realise that lakhs of lives of students, teachers, 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… It seems that while the entire country- Union Govt, State Govts, ULBs and Panchayats are trying to manage covid, reduce new cases and save lives, the HRD Ministry and UGC wants to just do the opposite,” Thackeray tweeted.
Maharashtra chief minister (CM) Uddhav Thackeray has already determined to cancel final-year exams whereas giving college students the choice of voluntary exams for higher grades. Students who select to not reply the exams shall be graded primarily based on their efficiency within the earlier tutorial 12 months and inner evaluation.
Earlier this week, Yuva Sena secretary Varun Sardesai wrote to the HRD minister on the problem. “When exams were originally scheduled, Covid cases were far lesser, and it [the pandemic] had not reached all parts of our country. The cases have been steadily rising, and we cannot be sure they will decline by September,” Sardesai mentioned in his letter. “Lakhs of final-year students have secured jobs through campus placements or enrolled in private Indian universities or foreign universities. Exams in September would mean they effectively lose all these opportunities,” he added.