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No exams, promotion based on past performance: BHU final-year students' demand

Storming social media, students have been tweeting using #NoBHUExamInCovid. The hashtag speaks for itself. BHU students are demanding cancellation of their final-year exams. They seek to be promoted on the basis of their previous performances.

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New Delhi Updated on: July 24, 2020 21:00 IST
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Final-year students have been waging a social media war against guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC), especially over the direction that mandates universities across the country to conduct examinations by September-end. This year, the situation is tricky for both students and the authorities since coronavirus pandemic is far from over. Students from Varanasi's Banaras Hindu University too raised concerns just like their counterparts in many states have. 

Storming social media, students have been tweeting using #NoBHUExamInCovid. The hashtag speaks for itself. BHU students are demanding cancellation of their final-year exams. They seek to be promoted on the basis of their previous performances. As the coronavirus cases continue unabated across the length and breadth of the country, students say they don't want to step out in such a perilous situation.

"BHU has planning to conduct the final exams in offline mode in the month of September. Most of the students will have to travel from different states which is not feasible at the present time. Even after traveling, we have to stay in hostels that have double or triple accommodation for a room. Common bathrooms and dining areas will not allow us to maintain social distancing. The university is assuring us about thermal scanning and sanitization of the exam hall but they are not considering the asymptomatic patients," a female student of the varsity told India TV Digital.

"We want general promotion based on past performance. If 10th, 12th students can get their results based on internals, etc, then why can't we," a student said. 

"It seems that the concern is just about conducting the exams and not about students' safety. And, if intermediate students are promoted then why not final-year students. Evaluation can be easily be made on the basis of internal exams, project reports, and previous semester exams," another student said.

Meanwhile, petitions challenging the UGC guidelines have also been filed in the Supreme Court. A batch of petitions will be heard by the top court on July 27. One of the petitions has been filed by 31 students from 13 states and one union territory. The petitioners also include a COVID-19 student. The plea seeks the cancellation of final-year examinations across the country. It also demands that degrees be awarded to successful students by July 31 and suggests UGC to adopt a CBSE-like model wherein dissatisfied students are given an opportunity to appear for exams when the situation is conducive. 

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