Final-year students of BHU are moving forward with a social media war against UGC guidelines over the direction that mandates universities across the country to conduct examinations by September-end. It is a challenging situation faced by students and authorities amidst the corona pandemic. Students have flooded social media by tweeting using #NoBHUExamInCovid.The hashtag speaks for itself. BHU students are asking for the cancellation of their final-year exams. They raise voices to examine academics based on previous years’ marks. As the coronavirus cases continue across the country, students share their concerns regarding safety when they step out in such a perilous situation.”BHU has planning to conduct the final exams in offline mode in the month of September. Most of the students will have to travel from different states which are not feasible at the present time. Even after traveling, we have to stay in hostels that have double or triple accommodation for a room. Common bathrooms and dining areas will not allow us to maintain social distancing. The university is assuring us about thermal scanning and sanitization of the exam hall but they are not considering the asymptomatic patients,” a female student of the varsity told India TV Digital.
“We want a general promotion based on past performance. If 10th, 12th students can get their results based on internals, etc, then why can’t we,” a student said. “It seems that the concern is just about conducting the exams and not about students’ safety. And, if intermediate students are promoted then why not final-year students.
Evaluation can be easily be made on the basis of internal exams, project reports, and previous semester exams,” another student said. Petitions against the UGC guidelines have also been filed in the Supreme Court. A batch of petitions will be heard by the top court on July 27. One of the petitions has been filed by 31 students from 13 states and one union territory. The petitioners also include a COVID-19 student. The plea seeks the cancellation of final-year examinations across the country. It also demands that degrees be awarded to successful students by July 31 and suggests UGC adopt a CBSE-like model wherein dissatisfied students are given an opportunity to appear for exams when the situation is conducive.