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Aaditya Thackeray defends stance by state government to not hold examinations

Aaditya Thackeray spoke about the situation in Maharashtra with regards to the rising number of coronavirus cases, adding that it would be a potentially hazardous decision.

Aaditya Thackeray defends stance by state government to not hold examinations
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As the student fraternity is trying hard to grapple with the decision by the UGC to conduct the semester-end examinations in the month of September, Aaditya Thackeray, Shiv Sena MLA, on Thursday, July 9, 2020, defended the stance of the state government on not holding the final year examinations.

Thackeray further spoke about the situation in the state, with regards to the rising number of coronavirus cases, adding that it would be a potentially hazardous decision given that Maharashtra already has the highest number of COVID-19 cases.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had earlier written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 25, urging him to instruct national-level apex authorities to endorse the state’s decision on cancellation of these examinations, and to issue necessary guidelines to universities.

The Secretary of the Yuva Sena, Varun Sardesai had also initiated the demand for the cancellation of exams. Sardesai had started an online petition on July 7, 2020, to Ramesh Pokhriyal, Minister of the Human Resource Department. This comes after the HRD Minister ordered all the universities of the country to conduct the semester examinations by the end of September. The UGC had suggested that the process of examinations is to be completed by September in online or offline modes.

However, some of the key points of concerns lie in the fact that lakhs of final year students have secured jobs through campus placements or have enrolled in private Indian universities or foreign universities. The examination in September will mean that they will effectively lose all these opportunities. Moreover, prestigious universities like IIT Mumbai and Indian universities have decided to cancel the exams, therefore, it can be implemented to other universities as well. Moreover, since, the availability of internet services across the country remains to be questionable, the decision to hold examinations in an online mode might not be a feasible option in the rural areas.

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