Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to evaluation the UGC directive that mandated ultimate examinations in faculties and universities by September-end.
The College Grants Fee (UGC) on July 6 had introduced that final-year examinations in universities must be carried out by the tip of September, deferring the schedule from July in view of a spike in COVID-19 circumstances within the nation.
“UGC could also be requested to reiterate its earlier issued pointers of 29th April 2020, whereby it had been clearly talked about that the rules had been advisory in nature and every state/college would chart out its personal plan of motion bearing in mind the problems pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Singh mentioned in his letter to PM Modi.
He has additionally sought permission to let the Punjab authorities adhere to its July three resolution on cancellation of college and faculty examinations in view of rising novel coronavirus circumstances.
Bearing in mind the COVID-19 state of affairs and attendant problems with security of scholars and workers, the state authorities had on July three determined to cancel all pending undergraduate and postgraduate final-term examinations and to advertise college students on the premise of efficiency in earlier years and semesters, an official launch quoting the Chief Minister mentioned on Saturday.
“As well as, we’ve additionally allowed conduct of examinations for the aim of enchancment of grades for college students, as soon as the state of affairs turns into conducive,” he mentioned.
“This is able to guarantee educational credibility, profession alternatives, future prospects and truthful and equal alternative for college kids in each city and rural areas,” Mr Singh burdened.
The state greater training minister had written to the Union Human Useful resource Growth Minister on July 10 on this regard, the Chief Minister mentioned in his letter.
Mr Singh famous that the “battle in opposition to COVID-19 has entered a big section with the variety of circumstances growing exponentially and varied research pointing to peaking of circumstances over the following few months”.
“In view of this rising development of circumstances, I’m not positive whether or not the state of affairs will probably be conducive for conducting offline bodily examinations by September,” he mentioned.
Conducting bodily examination may even contain large logistical and operational challenges, particularly in view of the big variety of faculty and college buildings, and hostels having been taken over by district administrations for COVID-19 administration functions, the Chief Minister mentioned.