Aaditya Thackrey to Modi: Consider Starting the new academic year in january

Consider starting the new academic session from January 2021, shiv sena youth chief Aaditya Thackeray on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, days after chief minister Uddav Thackeray floated the idea of restructuring the academic calender in a meeting. Aaditya also requested Modi to postpone all physical or online exams across the country for all professional courses, including the entrance exams

Aaditya’s letter comes at the time when students across the country are awaiting SC’s verdict on the conduct of final semester/year exams. The UGC, on 7th July had made it mandatory for all the universities to conduct final year excams, Online or offline, by September end. Higher and technical education minister uday samant then wrote to the HRD ministry saying that it would not be possible to hold exams amid the covid-19 crisis

SC also dismissed pleas seeking postponement of nationallevel entrance exams like NEET and JEE, scheduled in sept. In addition, Bombay HC has dismissed a plea seeking stay on post graduate medical and dental exams in state. With many PG medical students already on campus treating covid patients it has been easy for Maharashtra university of helath sciences to conduct exams

Aaditya, who wrote to the PM in his capacity as Yuva sena chief and not as a cabinet minister said, “we may think of starting our academic year from January 2021 instead of June 2020, so that no student loses an academic year” He reiterated that the results of non-professional courses be calculated on students previous performance, based on marking system devised by universities.

Date: 25 AUG 2020

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