Students should continue to prepare for last year’s final exams, which are slated to end by September 30, and should not be misleading that the Supreme Court will suspend the exams, the University Grants Commission (UGC) told the top Friday Dish with.
The UGC defended its July 6 policy and urged universities across the country to hold exams for the senior year / semester by the end of September.
“My request is that no one remains under the impression that the final exams will be suspended because the Supreme Court is hearing the case. Students should continue to prepare for the exams, ”said Attorney General Tushar Mehta, who acted for UGC.
The Supreme Court heard a series of petitions from several students and organizations challenging the UGC guidelines on July 6 to hold exams for the senior year through September 30. A COVID-19 positive student was one of the petitioners who increased the demand for exams to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shiv Sena’s youth wing Yuva Sena was also a petitioner before the court.
The petitioners have asked the Apex court to consider removing online / offline tests and instead instruct UGC to declare the results by July 31 based on their past performance or internal evaluation.
During the case hearing on Friday, senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who appeared for the petitioners, said that the states of Maharashtra and Delhi have decided to cancel last year’s exams given the situation in Covid-19.
The UGC also highlighted this fact in its affidavit filed with the Supreme Court on Thursday, finding that the decision of the two states violated the UGC guidelines.
The bank, led by Justice Ashok Bhushan, asked Maharashtra and Delhi to submit their response.
The Maharashtra state attorney claims that the State Disaster Management Committee’s decision of June 19, 2020 (to cancel the graduation year exam), despite being mentioned in the affidavit, has not yet been filed. Have the State Disaster Management Committee’s decision recorded. The Delhi NCT’s attorney can also file an affidavit. Affidavits should (or should) be filed on or before August 7, 2020, ”said the bank, which included judges R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah.
The case will be heard on August 10.
The UGC’s affidavit states that exams are scheduled before September to ensure that the academic future of students is not compromised and that the decision is made taking into account student health and safety.
“All universities / institutions in the country are obliged to take a final exam for the final semester / year by the end of September 2020. The UGC has decided to protect the academic future of students across the country while taking their health and safety into account, ”the affidavit says.
It was also said that the guidelines were issued based on the recommendations of an expert committee led by Haryana Central University’s chairman, RC Kuhad.
Tushar Mehta noted that 209 of 945 universities have already completed final exams, while another 394 universities take exams from August to September.
“It (UGC guidelines) offers the universities sufficient flexibility to conduct exams online offline or mixed (online and offline) and to provide an exam with a special chance for students who cannot appear on the exams by September 2020. The petitioner’s concerns have been more than adequately addressed by UGC, ”said the UGC affidavit.