Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) has scheduled to conduct MUHS offline examination on June 10. Opposing the decision taken by the MUHS and order passed by the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court. Thousands of students joined an online campaign with the hashtag MUHS Postponement (#MUHSPostponement) asking University to reconsider its decision of holding an offline examination in the present scenario.
Students citing the COVID risks ask stakeholders to postpone the MUHS exam. On Monday, June 7 the students' demand grew louder even students didn't get any relief from the Bombay High Court. The Nagpur bench on Saturday refused to grant interim relief to approximately 44,000 medical students across the country who have to appear physically for the MUHS examination scheduled on June 10. The bench was hearing a PIL challenging MUHS decision as well as the direction to sign an undertaking that the state would not be held responsible if students contracted COVID-19 because of appearing in the exam. The plea requested that an online exam be held for 'Winter 2020' wherein graduate and post-graduate students would appear for exams for the certificate courses.
The bench said that every examinee should have tested for COVID-19 and produce a negative report along with his hall ticket to sit for the examination. "As a safety measure, it would be advisable for each examinee to have conducted an RT-PCR test upon himself and only in case, he finds such a test is negative, he may sit for the exams."
Students are also opposing the decision of the University imposing pre-requisite for the students to produce COVID-19 negative reports. Here is what students say on Social Media regarding the issue:-
"Why are we ignoring our frontline warriors @CMOMaharashtra, @AmitV_Deshmukh When @ugc_india has directed to not hold offline exams till they announce why these people are not following their direction FYI", questioned Advocate Anubha Shrivastava Sahai representing concerned students.
#muhspostponement— Adv Anubha Shrivastava Sahai 🇮🇳 (@anubha1812) June 7, 2021
Why are we ignoring our frontline warriors@CMOMaharashtra@AmitV_Deshmukh
When @ugc_india has directed to not hold offline exams till they announce why these people are not following their direction
Expressing the dissatisfaction over the MUHS examination, another student Ruhi said, "When even final year students of other streams can graduate by giving online exams, why can't intermediate batches of the medical field do that? Stop discriminating against us! We are students too".
When even final year students of other streams can graduate by giving online exams, why can't intermediate batches of medical field do that? Stop discriminating against us! We are students too. #muhspostponement #muhsonline @PMOIndia @CMOMaharashtra @RajThackeray #muhs— Ruhi (@RuhiRajita) June 7, 2021
The students are raising demands to postpone the exams citing the current situation after the second wave of COVID-19. In view of the ongoing situation, several state authorities and boards have already cancelled the Board and other competitive exams. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself chairing a high level meeting favoured cancellation of Class 12 board exams for CBSE board, followed by Haryana HBSE and Gujarat board.