Tamil Nadu has concised the Centre that it may be unable to conduct the final semester examination for university and college students, as mandated by the University Grants Commission (UGC) before September.
The state has prompted the Union government to insist on the apex education authorities to ‘endorse the decisions of the respective state governments, which would be based on the local prevailing Covid-19 conditions.’
Through a letter Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palanisamyrequisitioned to the Union human resources development minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, to direct UGC, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Council of Architecture (COA), Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), National Council of Teachers Education (NCTE) and National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology to endorse the decisions of the States.
The UGC, in its guidelines noticed on April 29, provided the flexibility to the Universities and Colleges to conduct the examination without any restrictions ‘on the guidelines/directions issued by the appropriate Government/Competent Authority.’ After some days its new guidelines, issued on July 6 mandated to conduct the examinations by September 2020.
The Chief Minister pointed out the lack of Digital communication, conversion of the colleges into COVID Care Center and some of the students are residing out of their college districts.
So, if Tamil Nadu was unable to conduct the examinations by September it would endanger the future of final year students, particularly those recruited through campus selections and those who have applied for courses abroad.
‘Many states in the country have taken a decision not to conduct the final semester examinations. In order to ensure career opportunities, future prospects and to simultaneously safeguard the principles of health, safety, fair and equal opportunity for students, the States may be given the freedom to work out its own assessment methods, without compromising on the quality and academic credibility,’ Palanisamy said.