Over 6,000 CA Aspirants writes to CJI to provide Opt-Out option, Additional Exam, Increase Number of Attempts for Old Course CA Students [Read Letter]

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Over 6,000 students have written a letter to Chief Justice of India NV Ramana flagging three major concerns with regard to the proposed examination namely no Opt-Out Option has been provided to the students; no Extension Of Old Course Attempts; and no Additional attempt for the students who are unable to appear due to COVID-19.

The letter said, “Majority of the students that will be appearing for these exams belong to the age group of 18-45 and have not been fully vaccinated yet, this puts the students at a high risk of getting sick during the conduct of the exams. Also, if we have a look at the effects of 2nd wave of COVID-19, it has been more drastic than the 1st Wave of COVID-19 especially on the young population of the country, yet the relief of OptOut Option that was provided to the students who appeared for the exams during the 1 st Wave of COVID-19 has not been extended to the students who will be appearing for the exams during this wave, making the institute very biased and unjust towards the students”.

“Sir, you will understand that many of these old course students will not be able to appear for the examination in the coming exam cycle of July 2021 and it is due to this they will be shifted to the new course forcefully and all the efforts and years they have put in to study the old course syllabus will be wasted and it would be very harsh and rigid to do so, especially when the whole nation is suffering from a pandemic.” the letter reads.

It was stated that when CBSE wanted to conduct the exams for its students, the Supreme Court asked for a proper justification from CBSE to depart from its decision to cancel the exams during the previous year since the conditions have worsened now as compared to the last year.

The Students urged that the ICAI to provide an opt-out option to the students who are unable to appear for the exams due to COVID-19;

Further the students has sought the directions to increase the number of attempts for Old Course Students and direct ICAI to conduct an additional examination attempt for students who cannot appear for the upcoming exams due to COVID-19.

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