States vs UGC over exams: “Stop playing politics with life of students” says NCP spokesperson Clyde Crasto

This evening Mirror Now had held a debate on the top topic of final year examination. The panel headed by the anchor Tanvi Shukla had persons representing various political parties. Most in the panel believed that sending students for examination outdoor is putting health to stake. The session also had callers connecting to express their word of concern on the issue.

Aam Adami Party AAP spokesperson Akshay Marathe who himself attempted an examination (DU) today faced technical glitches. He says it would be impossible for a student to take the exam if devoid of strong internet, computer device, and a suitable surrounding to study and score. He also pointed out the mixed socio-economic strata that constitute the final year students.

In the due course of the debate, it was noticed that the BJP Spokesperson Tuhin Sinha himself had poor connectivity. Thus the members in the panel rightly questioned the student’s access and conduct of the online evaluation. The Spokesperson was firm with a view of holding examinations be it in September or later.

Bhalchandra Mungekar, the former Vice-chancellor of MU, mentioned that many renowned universities like Cambridge, Oxford have cancelled examinations due to the corona crisis. He believes that an average of the previous semester and the internals marks must be summed up to comprise their mark sheet, examination during the pandemic is not a wise decision.

“IITs are considered to be the hallmarks of the education standards in the nation. They have opined to not conducting examinations, and choose to go for releasing results as per previous grades of the students. Are you suggesting that these top-class universities are compromising on student’s education”, argued Akshay Marathe.

A final year student from Gujarat who connected to the live debate mentioned that while he was attempting an online assessment, the website crashed and things didn’t work. A parent who called from Bangalore too was against holding examinations in the present scenario, concerning the health hazards of the ward.

The debate threw light on aspects concerning the final year examinations such as stable internet access, physical and mental health risks, job and employment opportunities, etc.

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