Student’s issues: The incomplete syllabus, pressure due to the ongoing pandemic, and delay in completion of degrees and diplomas are nowadays the prime concerns of students across the country. Also, the “online mode” of classes and examinations is causing trouble due to slow internet connections and lack of infrastructure especially in tier-2 and tier-3 cities due to this there have been low attendance ratios in online based classes.
Government’s response: In response to this, last week, on May 27, 2020, the Union HRD Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank conducted a digital conference with heads of more than 45,000 Higher Education Institutes and announced that students will be promoted (except final year) without exams, based on internal assessments and preceding year’s results.However, on Sunday, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray announced that the state government has decided to cancel university examinations of final year students as well.
This has given hope and relief to about eight lakh final year graduation students. This decision has been taken after considering the rapid spread of Covid-19 infections across the state. Currently, over 65,000 confirmed cases including over 2,197 deaths by SARS-2-COV have been officially cited in Maharashtra.
In an official statement, Mr. Thackeray said, ” Today we are not in a position to conduct the exams and in future when it will happen that we are also not sure. The new academic year is starting so we do not want students to miss their further educations. Those students who are not happy with the marks of last semester can reply to upgrade their marks once the situation is normal.”
Beyond lockdown: After this news became public, netizens today flooded Twitter with #examscancelled with memes. However, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) stated on May,30 that schools, colleges, educational institutions will be reopened after discussing with States and Union territories during phase two of Lockdown 5.0. Most likely, after having the suggestions from parents and stakeholders the educational institutions may reopen in July, after issuing SOP by Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW).
Our honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi quoted inspirational words for students in Mann ki Baat (May, 31), ” We are responsible for making exams a burden. We should stop doing it. We must not waste our energy in competing with others. Start competing with yourself and make sure your present is better than your past.”
The optimistic spirit: Regarding this, to make the most use of this lockdown phase a shift has been observed amongst students that online skill-based courses and distant learning programs are now seen as a probable solution till a safe vaccine for Covid-19 comes into existence. During the times of pandemic, it’s true that currently, we are living through a future’s history class lesson but now it will be a vital responsibility of our nation’s youth to steer the economy and future of our nation towards glory and progress so that this chapter of history when over, be seen as a positive one in the course of our great nation’s journey.