The longer the UGC and states wrangle away over whether or not levels will be awarded whereas cancelling remaining yr college exams this yr, the more severe is the struggling of affected college students. Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Punjab have cancelled college exams for all batches, whereas Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have cancelled them for all however the remaining years. Given the unfold of Covid-19, these states have invoked the Disaster Management Act to take these selections. But the UGC is insisting that its authority nonetheless trumps that of the states, and it alone can take a name on whether or not or not college exams will be cancelled. This is yet one more contestation of authority that everybody should now look forward to the Supreme Court to kind out.
But the ready and the uncertainty are tortuous for college students. Over the previous few months not solely have all their plans been turned the wrong way up by the pandemic, they’re additionally struggling due to varied decision-making misadventures. Consider that many protests and delays later, when Delhi University is lastly holding on-line open-book examinations for remaining yr undergraduate and postgraduate college students, the expertise is proving annoying and harrowing for college students with varied issues like non-confirmation of reply sheets uploaded on the portal, delays in receipt of query papers, and the availability of query papers of the flawed topic.
Actually, there are sturdy arguments for declaring this a zero yr and in addition for really holding exams. In the primary case cooperation throughout varied administrations can work out a holistic resolution. In the second case, notice that there are international locations which have even managed to carry in-person exams by sturdy planning and secure execution. Decision-makers ought to give attention to the scholars, not on turf wars. Take well-considered selections, don’t maintain drastically altering them month to month, and regardless of the chosen resolution do complete planning and preparation for delivering it.