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Don't make it an ego issue: Devendra Fadnavis to Maharashtra government over UGC decision

While speaking to the media, Fadnavis said that the decision to hold final year university exams was made for the well being of the students and Maharashtra government shouldn’t politicise the issue.

Don't make it an ego issue: Devendra Fadnavis to Maharashtra government over UGC decision
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Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis has backed the decision taken by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to hold final year university exams. He also advised the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) to not make this an “ego” issue. 

While speaking to the media on Thursday, Fadnavis said that the decision to hold final year university exams was made for the well being of the students and Maharashtra government shouldn’t politicise the issue. 

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Fadnavis stated that the guidelines issued by the UGC to hold final year university exams was not only for Maharashtra but for the entire country. “No state has raised an objection, except Maharashtra,” he said. 

Some ministers in the Maharashtra government are opposed to holding final year university examinations in view of the coronavirus pandemic. Fadnavis, however, said that the value of the educational degree of students in the state will be in question if exams are not conducted. 

“The guidelines issued by the UGC to conduct final year university exams are not only for Maharashtra but for the entire country. The Maharashtra government shouldn’t make it a political ego issue. If other states conduct exams and we don’t, what will be the value of degrees in Maharashtra?” Fadnavis was quoted as saying. 

His remarks came after Maharashtra Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant wrote to UGC and Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressing that it was not possible to hold final year university exams in Maharashtra owing to the coronavirus crisis. 

Samant expressed shocked over UGC’s decision and said that the central body should have consulted the states before making a decision. The Maharashtra Minister said that if the UGC insists on conducting exams, it should issue guidelines for the same. 

On Monday evening, the UGC made recommendations to not cancel the final semester examination for graduating batches and advised universities to conduct these exams by the end of September. It was said that the exams can be held online, offline or in both ways. 

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