Sena rejects Governor’s advice to hold varsity examination

CM Uddhav Thackeray & BS Koshariya

Mumbai : A tussle between the Maharashtra Governor, BS Koshyari and the chief minister, Uddhav Thackeray started over conducting the university examination in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic.

While the Governor, Koshyari reiterated that the university should hold the examination, the ruling Shiv Sena said it is not possible to conduct examinations in the current situation, triggered by the COVID-19 crisis. Governor is the chancellor of all state universities.

Being the chancellor of the university, Governor Koshyari insisted on holding the final year examinations of degree courses. It is not possible to hold the final year examinations of universities in the current situation, the Sena said.
Students can be considered as having passed on the basis of semester examinations held in colleges, it said. The chief minister has made it clear that the academic year will begin from June itself.

Referring to the lockdown, imposed in March to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, an editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said people faced strict imprisonment due to movement restrictions for two-odd months.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha-Vikas-Aghadi government in the state has eased lockdown to a certain extent, but asked people to observe restraint to ensure the disease is contained, it said. The direction of life stands completely altered now and there will be restrictions on the undisciplined behaviour of many, the Marathi daily said, adding that not observing discipline can cost a life. “This means schools will reopen in districts where there is no transmission of coronavirus,” the Sena said.

Koshyari insisted on holding the final year exams of degree students in the current situation, but Chief Minister Thackeray rejected it showing “the spine Thackerays are known for”, the Sena further said.