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Delhi-based scribe backs CA aspirants for raising safety concerns amid COVID

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As the number of CA aspirants continued to protest against ICAI for conducting exams amid pandemic, a journalist and research scholar Nasir Qureshi has come out in students' support. Qureshi has urged the Central and the respective State governments to postpone the CA exams amid the pandemic.

Nasir Qureshi has posted a video message and a series of tweets on his Twitter handle in which he can be seen appealing to the govt to postpone the CA exams. Qureshi wrote, "Never had been CA aspirants, ICAI faced such tremendous pressure before. Students are not saying to cancel the exams..they are just asking for its postponement. If students are compelled to write exams under pressure, this is neither good for them nor for the organisation."

Talking about the Covid crisis in the national capital, he added, "Delhi is witnessing a rapid surge in the coronavirus cases and 131 deaths in a day. State government is mulling whether to re-impose a lockdown or not but still CA exams are being conducted. Many other exams have been postponed."

Highlighting the difficulties faced by the students, the scribe added, "Examination centres are located at distant places and students are forced to take accommodation on rent. At the time of pandemic, this is an added problem for them. What about the students whose exam centers have been changed at the last moment?"

He went on to claim that there are no proper arrangements in the examination centres which is a huge risk. Qureshi said that at least 70-80 per cent of the students have now protested against conducting the exams in such a grave situation.

Concluding his speech, he said, "I appeal to the state government and the concerned authorities to review this situation and take a final call on this issue."

In another tweet, Qureshi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had himself asserted that there should be no laxity till medicine arrives but it seems that ICAI has not listened to it. He said that ICAI is in no mood to postpone the exams even if students contract the infection.

In another tweet, the journalist said, "Despite so much protests, CA exams are going to be held. It seems that there is powerplay involved. However, I wish good luck to all the students who are appearing for the CA exams."

The video of the journalist comes after majority of the CA aspirants have raised apprehensions about exams being conducted at the time of the pandemic. The candidates also claimed that ICAI is not responding to their concerns which include the location of exam centres in coronavirus hotspots and safety protocols at the exam centres.

However, the CA institute in its tweet clarified that strict action will be taken against students who are spreading false rumours on social media.

ICAI wrote, "Imp. Announcement for a certain category of candidates stating on social media that despite being tested Covid +ve, they intend to appear for CA Exams. False rumor-mongering/violation of DMA2015 shall be appropriately dealt with in accordance with the law."

Similar online protests were seen when the Central Government decided to conduct JEE mains and NEET amid pandemic, a move that was criticised by the opposition parties.

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