Even because the CA Institute insisted on holding the November cycle of exams, most of the over four lakh college students set to look for the exams took to the social media to induce the Institute to rethink its choice and postpone the exams.
With the Covid pandemic nonetheless raging, most of them had been apprehensive concerning the circumstances on the centres and the potential of the areas falling within the containment zone in the course of the examination dates. Some even petitioned the Prime Minister, Chief Ministers, police chiefs of States and even the general public at massive.
A scholar from Chennai mentioned: “Over four lakh college students are going to take the examination and we imagine that the variety of examination centres is simply round 1,000. Out of this many are a part of one campus, the place three or 4 constructing blocks are made centres. For all of the blocks, there’s one entry/exit, which suggests 600 or 800 college students will use one widespread entry/exit.”
Voicing related issues, Anushka from Bhopal mentioned, “MHA tips prescribe meeting of no more than 200 individuals in a closed venue, however that’s for standalone buildings not for one block in a campus. Moreover, there is no such thing as a provision of isolation room, in case one is working temperature whereas coming into examination centre.”
Whereas the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India has supplied an ‘opt-out’ choice that may permit college students to jot down within the subsequent try, this has not enthused college students.
Underneath this selection, whereas college students shall be allowed to hold ahead their candidature to the Might 2021 cycle and be eligible for all advantages, together with the charges paid and exemptions, . there’s a flip facet to it, say college students. For these taking the choice, the papers already cleared won’t be thought of within the subsequent try. As a scholar Amit explains: “I’ve been given the opt-out facility. Now, the issue is that if I seem in three papers, then get sick, I can decide out. Nevertheless, the following time, I should seem in all of the papers no matter the truth that I did effectively within the three papers.”
Reacting to the scholars calls for for postponement, Abhishek Murali, Secretary, Souther India Regional Council of the ICAI, mentioned: “It’s an expert examination and in contrast to college or board exams the place in the event that they miss the examination it’s nearly a push for a yr… College students are effectively inside their rights to postpone their exams in the event that they really feel there’s some well being threat to them. They’ve been given a window with the choice to jot down within the subsequent try.”
However Naveen Gupta, a Previous President of ICAI, felt the Institute ought to ensure it’s able to making certain all MHA tips are complied with at each examination centre.
G Ramaswamy, one other Previous President, nevertheless, felt the Supreme Courtroom has rightly thought of the plea by the ICAI to go forward with the examination.
Echoing this, Subodh Kumar Agarwal, additionally a former President, mentioned “… Solely 12 college students are allowed in a category, centres have additionally been elevated and sanitisation shall be carried out. When the whole lot else is opening up, there is no such thing as a level in delaying exams as it will probably delay the progress of scholars.”
(WIth inputs from Chennai and Mumbai bureaus)