WB never said it wasn't for final exams: Partha Chatterjee
KOLKATA: West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said Friday the state government never said it was not in favor of holding the final exams after the Apex court upheld the UGC’s decision to hold the final exams.

The West Bengal government had previously told UGC and the center that the final exams could take place as soon as the current situation due to coronavirus normalizes, he told journalists on the founding day of the Trinamool congress Chhatra Parishad (on the sidelines of a program). TMCP).

Chatterjee said the government will discuss the situation with the vice chancellors of state universities after reviewing the contents of the Supreme Court order that universities cannot sponsor students without holding final exams by September 30.

A Supreme Court bank, led by Judge Ashok Bhushan, on Friday upheld the UGC’s decision to hold exams for the senior year. A bank headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said if a state feels it cannot take exams by Sept. 30, it must contact UGC for new dates to take the exam.

“We just said that exams can be held after the pandemic situation is over and the situation will be conducive to exams with thousands of children,” he explained.

“We have yet to see the full contents of the SC order. We have to examine it in detail and then discuss it with VCs. I will discuss the order in detail with the Prime Minister. We will comment afterwards and decide (on future steps),” he said said.

The state higher education department asked the UGC in July not to pursue the decision to hold compulsory final exams at colleges and universities. West Bengal’s chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, had also urged UGC to reconsider its July 6th recommendation, citing the COVID-19 situation.

Yuva Sena, Shiv Sena’s youth wing, was one of the petitioners in the Apex Court who questioned UGC’s instructions to conduct investigations into the coronavirus pandemic.

The July 6 UGC policy had asked universities and colleges to hold senior year exams by September 30 as part of the COVID-19 pandemic, stating that states cannot make the decision to award degrees without that To hold exams.

It has been said that the policy is based on expert advice and has been prepared after due consideration.

The UGC had also said it was wrong to claim that it would not be possible to conduct the final exams under the policy.


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