2020 is not just the year to witness a pandemic and other natural calamities; it’s way more than that. As a student, I feel COVID-19 is less traumatising than whatever the students are going through. Yes, anyone who reads this write-up can call me a self-centred person, mental because I am calling COVID-19 less vicious than the present scenario. By the present scenario I mean the fight between the final year students and UGC, whose hearing date was today.
While I was going through all the tweets, as soon as the bench started the hearing I noticed panic among students. Behind those tweets I could sense the pain and agony they were going through. With all the statements that came up, I felt the strong sense of being betrayed and looked down upon.
Many people will point out how I am and the other students are wrong, but just for a while sit down and think, imagine yourself as one of us, someone whose future is at stake. During this pandemic, when everyone wants to be safe, we students are made to write papers which were our last thought some months back. A huge bunch of syllabus and few objective type question? Is this really valid? Is this what you call a fair chance?
A final year student is like a box of dreams and hopes. And during this pandemic asking them to toss their dreams just because everyone feels exams are important than life. Is this really the right decision? I, myself, am a final year student. I have lost sleep, peace of mind. All I am is scared to death. I can’t commit suicide because I know the one at a loss will be my parents and they are at no fault.
I can’t live with this deep sadness and crushing down pressure because now it is too much for me to bear, I am supposed to sit for the examination and toss my future and my life. And this I am compelled to do in the name of a better future? Seriously?
Couldn’t at this time the people making rules and guidelines be a little more sensitive and think of cutting down the burden? Is this too much to ask? I want a happy future. I want to live my present days with a brimming smile and tension-free mind. Is that too much to give?