There has been a hustle in the students across the country ever since the University final year exams have been announced by the state governments. They are now demanding the cancellation of final semester exams for all undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Various posts tagged with #StudentLivesMatter have been doing rounds on social media demanding institutions to scrap exams and promote students.
Recently Maharashtra has been in news for conductinguniversity exams. Governor of the state announced exams after the CM cancelling all exams entirely. Earlier, Delhi University, Indian Institutes of Technology had decided to promote the intermediate semester students without exams. The students of Karnataka, Rajasthan, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are demanding the same for themselves now. Related| Maharashtra Medical Exam: Central Councils support conducting exams, MUHS to take a call soon
Students have also raised issues of No vaccine No exams in various parts of the country. There has been a petition on change.org for the exam cancellation. The petition runs under #StudentLivesMatter.
The decision to conduct final year exams and scrap the intermediate semester papers came after HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal established a UGC Task Force in order to frame guidelines for exams focussing on social distancing and various safety arrangements to be made.
The studnets have shown a lack of faith in the government and exam authorities over the issue citing health reasons. Many say that the conduction of exams is not a safe step as the virus can be transmitted in public places. Read| DU Exam News 2020: Several teachers write to Delhi University to scrap open book exams
Moreover, the concern of the students also includes no books available with them for preparation. They said that since the pandemic outbreak many had travelled back to their home towns to be safe and do not have their books and notes in possession. They need those to prepare for the exams. Moreover, they are facing issues such as the no internet and other resources required to prepare for exams and attend online exams. Following these issues, the students have demanded the cancellation of papers and are counting the number of supporters now.