Pune, 5th January 2022: The Maharashtra state government has decided to close all non-agricultural universities and colleges in the state. The colleges and universities will be closed till February 15. The examinations of these colleges will also be conducted online.
The decision comes after the state saw a rapid increase in the number of Covid-19 patients in the last two weeks. The students have mixed reactions to the announcement.
Deval Gadhvi, a student of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of Sacvitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), said “The decision is not justified. The students who are attending colleges have been completely vaccinated and are taking proper precautions to stay healthy. The government should have instead shut down the theatres, clubs and places where mass gathering takes place.”
Another student, Neelam Patil who is pursuing her Masters in Pune University added, “The students have already suffered enough because of online classes. They are not able to learn properly in the online mode. There is a huge communication gap when the classes are online. It will be bad for the students.”
On the other hand, another student, Anant Kolhe said “It is a good decision by the government. Most of the classes have been conducted in online mode. Hence the exams should also be in the online form.”
Monish Chavan, a student of MA English in Ferguson College said, “Pune is not my hometown. I have come from a distant place. It takes time to reach Pune and now this announcement has put me in a dilemma. The government should think about the students. The schools and colleges shouldn’t have been closed.”
It has been observed in the past year the results improved when the exams were conducted online. This being said, the authorities will have to figure out a way to make the exams are fair to everyone.