Governor asks CM Thackeray to conduct varsity examination soon

Cm Uddhav Thackeray & Bhagat Singh Koshariya

Mumbai : The Governor, BS Koshyari on Friday asked the Maha-Vikas-Aghadi government to resolve the issue of conduct of final year examination of students of universities in Maharashtra ‘without any further delay in the larger interest of students’.

In a letter, addressed to the chief minister, Uddhav Thackeray, the Governor pointed out that not conducting the final year examinations by the Universities amounts to breach of the UGC guidelines. Taking strong objection to the letter written by Minister of Higher and Technical Education Uday Samant to UGC recommending cancellation of final year examination of students, the Governor asked the Chief Minister to issue suitable instructions to the Minister for his ‘unwarranted intervention’ which according to him was in ‘violation of UGC guidelines and also the relevant provisions of the Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2016’.

Earlier, the Maharashtra minister for higher education, Sawant, said that he is of the opinion that the terminal (final) examinations should not be conducted in view of students’ mental and physical well-being. The Governor noted that as per provisions of the relevant Universities Act, Universities have the power and duties to hold examinations and confer degrees upon successful students. He noted that it would not be ‘ethical or appropriate’ to award degrees to final year students without conducting their examinations, which results in violation of the provisions of the Universities’ Act. The Governor observed that receiving degrees by students without undertaking any kind of examinations would have an adverse impact on their higher studies, gradation, and employability.

The Governor sought an intervention from the chief minister in this regard immediately.