The Supreme Court on Monday asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to respond to a number of pleas that challenged its circular and requested that the final exam after the COVID 19 pandemic be canceled.
A bank led by Justice Ashok Bhushan asked the UGC to respond by Wednesday and put the matter to a further hearing on Friday.
Attorney General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the UGC, informed the court that there are 818 universities, of which 209 have already taken exams (online or offline) and 394 others plan to take them.
He said that the UGC specified options such as online, offline, and both for taking exams, adding that there are government policies that do not allow more than 10 students per room to take the exams.
During the hearing, attorney Alakh Alok Srivastava, who stood up for one of the petitioners, informed the bank that 50,000 COVID-19 cases had been registered today, adding that the UGC guidelines must be maintained until the petitions to the apex Court are pending.
The court heard a petition from 31 students from various universities across India trying to override the July 6 UGC circular. All universities across India were asked to complete the final exams before September 30th.
In their petition, the students urged the students to cancel the exams and to calculate the results of these students based on their internal evaluation or past performance.
The petition, submitted by students from 13 countries and one area of the Union, requested that student sheet music be issued before July 31.
One of the 31 petitioners tested positive for COVID-19 and asked for instructions to the UGC to adopt the CBSE model and, at a later date, conduct an exam for students using those based on the assessment.
The plea alleges that the planned exams in the interest of justice for the students will be canceled as the number of COVID-19 cases increases.
Another petition on the subject, filed by law student Yash Dubey at the Apex Court last year, also requested that the UGC’s exams be canceled last year. Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray, on behalf of Yuva Sena, the youth wing of Shiv Sena, has also relocated the apex court against the mandatory final exams in the wake of the rising COVID 19 cases.