Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Friday questioned the University Grants Commission (UGC)’s decision to hold examinations during the Covid-19 pandemic, calling it “extremely unfair”.
With #SpeakUpForStudents, Rahul tweeted, “It is extremely unfair to conduct exams during the Covid19 pandemic. UGC must hear the voice of the students and academics. Exams should be cancelled and students promoted on basis of past performance.” (sic)
The UGC has decided to hold final-year examinations for college and university students compulsorily.
Former UGC chairman Sukhadeo Thorat, who remained in his office between 2006 and 2011, has called the UGC’s move as “unfortunate”.
“The UGC’s latest advisory on examinations is unfortunate because it takes us backwards rather than forward. It effectively extends the period for holding of exams (for final-year/semester cohorts) until September, the second such postponement. And it creates fresh uncertainty for states that had already decided to cancel exams,” Thorat wrote in a letter to current UGC chairman Dhirendra Pal Singh on Thursday as reported by The Print.