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Centre determine to take final year University Exams, Six states request to cancel

Central Government is still keen to take the final year exam of University Students. But at least six states including Maharastra, Odisha, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal has been denied with the new decision and asked to reconsider of the decision and cancel the exams across the state universities. Centre has said that it will consider the request of these six states due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation.

The Centre expressed that it is important that the final year students be evaluated via an exam for the long-term interest of the students. An official of MHRD also reiterated that the UGC guidelines to conduct the final year exams are mandatory to all universities and will take precedence over state’s decision to cancel the exams. At least 200 universities across the country have already completed the examination process.

University Grants Commission (UGC) on July 6 had asked the universities to conduct the final year examinations before September 31. It was highly anticipated that the guidelines issued by the Commission will give scope for states to cancel the exams if deemed necessary; however, the guidelines failed to provide any such leeway.

Many universities of West Bengal has already been started the procedure to publish the results of final year. West Bengal Government sent letter to the centre providing the details of the current situation. The number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise; many villages and colleges suffered damage due to Cyclone Amphan, and some 40% of our colleges are serving as quarantine centres. Train service is still in impossible status to begin. In that situation, there will be huge risk to take the exams for the university students. State waits for the further concern and reconsideration of the Centre respectively.

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