BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee, who along with Sonia Gandhi, called for a united fight against the government’s move to hold engineering and medical entrance exams in the middle of the coronavirus crisis, now has taken resort to Bollywood film dialogue to assure the students.
Borrowing the title from Shah Rukh Khan’s 2004 blockbuster Main Hoon Na, Mamata has assured that she will provide a safe environment for the students at a time when the BJP government is pushing them into distress. All India Trinamool Congress Twitter handle shared a poster with a slogan, Main Hoon Na.
In this time of constant uncertainty and anxiousness, @BJP4India led govt is pushing our students into further distress. To timely address this burning issue, @MamataOfficial came forward to fight for providing a safe environment to the students. She is truly everyone's leader! pic.twitter.com/3KaoJuEZqx
— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) August 27, 2020
At the opposition meeting, Bengal CM said state governments were being “bulldozed” by the Centre in the name of cooperative federalism. “Let us go to the Supreme Court. Let us talk about this matter. This is a mental agony for students. I have not seen so many atrocities in a democracy. The situation is very serious. We have to speak up for the children,” Mamata Banerjee said.
They had decided to go to the Supreme Court again to request that the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) be deferred, Mamata Banerjee said.
But on Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that the final year college examinations must be held this year but states can ask for the dates to be deferred beyond September 30 if they wanted to because of the coronavirus crisis. “State cannot promote students without final year examinations,” the top court asserted.
The bottom-line is that all students have to take the final exams; states can only postpone them but cannot cancel them, according to the court.
Several petitions, including one by the Yuva Sena of Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray, had called for the exams to be cancelled because of Covid-19. The petitions referred to difficulties faced by students at a time all educational institutions were closed due to the virus crisis. They argued that students have completed five semesters and had a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA), which could be the basis for results without final examinations.