Maharashtra Governor Overrules CM: Says Decision on Final Examination of Graduating Students will be Taken According to the Maharashtra Universities Act
Bhagat Singh Koshyari, the Governor of Maharashtra, averred that as the chancellor of all universities in the state, he has the final say in all matters related to them. He also said that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had made a mistake by cancelling the examinations for the graduating batch of 2020.
Cancelling the examinations could have serious consequences, virtually endangering the future of the students. In a letter to the Chief Minister sent on Tuesday, the Governor said that he was “surprised” to have come to the knowledge that the former had declared the cancellation of examinations for the year.
In the letter, the Governor said, “...The vice chancellors of state universities had communicated their preparedness for conducting their respective examination.” He was at a loss as to why a report of the analyses of the situation by the committee of Vice-Chancellors was not sent to him, though it had been sent to the secretary of the higher and technical education departments on 6 May.
“The arbitrary decision has violated the basic principle that to obtain an identical degree, there cannot be two sets of criteria, one who has [taken the] examination and for the other who has obtained marks on average. The examinations cannot be made optional.” wrote the Governor.
The Governor pointed out that medical and legal students, among many others, have to register themselves with their respective professional bodies after they complete their course in order to be able to practise. Without an evaluation based on established parameters, these bodies would not be able to register the students.
The Governor also mentioned that the Ministry of Home Affairs had decided to allow various state boards to conduct examinations and that the CBSE and ICSE are in the process of doing so. Since younger children were about to take their examinations, older students could too.
The Governor added that the UGC is of the opinion that the final year’s examination could not be scrapped; consequently, the state government would have to abide by the guidelines of the UGC and the provisions of the Maharashtra Universities Act, 2017.