Difficulties in conducting semester exams as per UGC guidelines - Tamil Nadu CM to Centre
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami has written a letter to the Human Resource Development minister Ramesh Pokhriyal informing him of the limitations and the complications involved in executing the University Grants Commission's (UGC) recent guidelines directing educational institutions across the country to conduct the final semester examinations for college students by September 2020.
The letter stated that states around the country have decided to not proceed with the final semester examinations for now. He further appealed to the HRD minister to allow the states to create evaluation methods for themselves, which will not compromise on the quality of the education and academic credibility. Doing so will pave the way for better and equal career opportunities and chances for a better future for all while not compromising the health and safety of the students, the CM said.
Pointing out the constraints involved in implementing UGC's guidelines, Tamil Nadu CM has notified the HRD minister that there is a high likelihood that students will face difficulties in reaching their examination centers considering many of them reside in different districts and states. He further said that conducting online examinations is not "not feasible" owing to the “various issues relating to digital access to the students". In addition, he informed that numerous government and private colleges and educational institutions in the state have been turned into COVID care centres that are at present housing patients with mild symptoms in quarantine and isolation while adding that they may continue to function as such for some more time.
In the letter, CM Palaniswami made a request to the HRD minister to instruct top educational authorities like the UGC, All India Council for Technical Education, Council of Architecture, Pharmacy Council of India, National Council of Teachers Education, National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology to approve the decisions of the respective state governments in view of the coronavirus crisis.