One of the private agriculture colleges in Amaravati has issued pass certificates to 1st and 2nd-year students of B.Sc. Agriculture. On the pass certificates, they stamped saying ‘COVID-19 promoted’. The Agriculture Minister of Maharashtra, Dadasaheb Bhuse opposed this move of that private college. On Tuesday, the minister directed a probe.
The minister Bhuse wrote a letter to the director-general of Maharashtra Council of Agriculture Education and Research and the vice-chancellors of various agriculture universities. In the letter, he mentioned, ‘There were no directives from the state government to certify ‘Covid-19 promoted’ on the certificates issued to students. Who has taken the initiative and why?’
This news has been brought to the light on Monday after witnessing the pass certificates of 242 students that showed ‘COVID-19 promoted’ stamps. The college is likely to distribute the certificates to the respective students after 15th July 2020. In the meantime, this matter has induced a massive rage among the Government. When BJP called the Government ‘insensitive’ towards students.
After knowing that there is a tag of COVID-19 promoted on their pass certificates, the students claimed that it would show a negative impact on their career. This eventually leads to making the students pretty less skillful and eligible for their career opportunities. This year, a total of 4 agriculture universities in the state-organized the final year exams for the BSc Agriculture students.
It includes Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Agriculture University at Akola, Mahatma Phule Agriculture University at Rahuri, Marathwada Agriculture University at Parbhani, and Bala Sawant Konkan Agriculture University at Dhapoli. On the other hand, the 1st and 2nd-year students of the agricultural universities were decided to promote without holding exams considering the COVID-19 pandemic.
Considering this issue, Bhuse asked for a report on Tuesday in less than a week. He also requested the administration to correct their mistake. The BJP leader and the former education minister of the state criticized the Government for its disregard towards students. Ashish Shelar posted a tweet that reads, ‘It has come to the fore that the marksheets of agriculture universities have ‘promoted Covid-19’ stamps. This is wrong and unjust to students.’
Mahesh Kaduspatil, the founder president of Agriculture Graduate’s Association said, ‘Since the start, we had been demanding evaluation and promotion of students without the tag of passed due to Covid-19… This move is the doing of someone at the university level. Maharashtra Council of Agriculture Education and Research has assured us that no such directives have been given.’