West Bengal asks Centre to revise UGC guidelines for final year university exams. The West Bengal government on Thursday wrote to the Centre objecting to its directive to universities and other academic institutions to conduct final-year examinations by the end of September. The State Government has expressed its reservations against the revised guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to hold exams for final semester/year students without consulting the state governments.
State’s opposed the UGC Guidelines:
Earlier Rajasthan and Punjab states, have opposed the advisory of the University Grants Commission asking the states to conduct final year college and university examinations by September. Rajasthan, Punjab and six other state governments had decided to cancel exams in colleges and universities. Students were to be promoted based on their performance in internal tests. The UGC has asked the states to reconsider their decision.
Education Secretary Statement on UGC Guidelines:
WB State Education Secretary Manish Jain said that “The move was against the spirit of the federal structure enshrined in the Constitution of India, as education is place in the concurrent list and Bengal was never consulted by the USC despite a request”.
He further added that some states and union territories such as Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu have already decided not to hold the terminal semester exams while several IITs had called off their exams”.
In West Bengal, all educational institutes have been ordered to remain shut till July 31. Most of the educational institutions in West Bengal have been converted into quarantine centers and cyclone rehabilitation centers as students continue to remain at home.
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