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Maha Governor and state tussle on final year examinations

A press release issued by Raj Bhavan, stated that the Governor had ‘conveyed to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray that decisions regarding holding of the examinations of final year students ‘shall be taken in consonance with the provisions of the Act’. Koshyari in his letter objected to the state government unilaterally deciding to cancel the exams without consulting with him.

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Last Updated: Jun 02, 2020, 10.35 PM IST
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MUMBAI: As Maharashtra battles Covid-19, the political tussle in the state does not seem to abate with Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari objecting to the Maharashtra Government’s decision to cancel the final year university examinations in the state.

On Tuesday Koshyari wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray saying that he as the ‘Chancellor of universities has the final authority over all University matters as per the provisions of the Maharashtra Public Universities Act,’. A press release issued by Raj Bhavan, stated that the Governor had ‘conveyed to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray that decisions regarding holding of the examinations of final year students ‘shall be taken in consonance with the provisions of the Act’. Koshyari in his letter objected to the state government unilaterally deciding to cancel the exams without consulting with him.

Koshyari said that the Committee of Vice Chancellors constituted by the Minster for Higher and Technical Education to analyse the situation and to explore various options available to conduct the examinations had prepared a report which had not presented to him. Koshyari also pointed out that during his video conference with Vice chancellors all the Vice chancellors of state universities had communicated their preparedness for conducting their respective examinations.

The Governor has objected to the state government’s move to take aggregate marks of the previous semesters to the final year students. “ The arbitrary decision has violated the basic principle that to obtain an indentical degree, there cannot be two sets of criteria, one who has given examination and for the other who has obtained marks on an average. The examinations cannot be made optional.” Koshyari has written in his letter to the Chief Minister.

The Governor pointed out that the students of Medicine, Architecture, Law would need to register themselves with their professional bodies/councils after completion of their professional courses,so as to get their licence to practice. Koshyari claimed that the bodies would not register these students without them being ‘evaulated on established parameters’.

Koshyari said that the University Grants Commission and other Central Authorities had said that the final examinations could not be dispensed with and that the exams could be counducted by adopting UGC guidelines.

Koshyari’s letter comes after the BJP had criticised the Maharashtra government’s decision to scrap the last year exams due to fears that students coming to the exams could lead to the spread of covid infections. This is not the first time that Koshyari and the Sena government has been at logger heads. Koshyari had refused to nominate Uddhav Thackeray as an MLC from the Governor’s quota and had instead asked him to convene the assembly session.
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