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The Supreme Court will hear pleas on July 27 against a University Grants Commission (UGC) circular and request that the final exam be canceled after a COVID-19 pandemic.

A bank led by Justice Ashok Bhushan will hear requests on Monday.

Up to 31 students from various universities across India applied to the Apex Court to overturn the July 6 UGC circular, which asked all universities in the country to complete the final exams before September 30.

The students said in their petition that the exams should be canceled and the results of these students should be calculated based on their internal assessment or past performance.

The petition of students from 13 states and a union area 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 alleged that scheduled exams in the interests of justice for students should be canceled as the number of COVID-19 cases increased.

According to the UGC, universities were contacted to maintain the status of the exams and responses were received from 818 universities (121 recognized universities, 291 private universities, 51 central universities and 355 state universities).

Of the 818 universities, 603 have either completed the exam or are planning to do so. While 209 others have already taken an exam (online / offline), 394 plan to take an exam (online / offline / mixed mode) in August or September.

The Commission has also announced that 35 universities, 27 of which are private, seven are governmental and one is university, are not yet eligible for the first batch of final exams.

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.


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