The Delhi High Court Thursday permitted a student to withdraw the appeal challenging University Grants Commission guidelines making it mandatory, For colleges to conduct final year exams by September-end as the issue is pending before the Supreme Court. The appeal filed by final year Delhi University student KabirSachdeva to conduct exams via offline, online or a blended method due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Justice Jayant Nath, who conducted the hearing through video conferencing, also granted liberty to the student to approach the Supreme Court with his appeal. “Granting leave and liberty as sued, the petition is dismissed as withdrawn,” the court said.
Advocate Manik Dogra, representing Sachdeva, informed the high court that similar petitions challenging the guidelines of the UGC are also filed in the Supreme Court and a better recourse would be to approach the apex court now.
Advocate ApoorvKurup, representing the UGC, said the matter is listed before the apex court on Friday. Moreover, they have been asked to file response to the petitions.
The high court had already sued response of the Centre, the UGC and Delhi University on the petition which has also challenged. An office memorandum of July 6 passed by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, Department of Higher Education, providing instructions for conducting the exams.
“In times of a global pandemic the respondent no. 1 (HRD Ministry) and 2 (UGC) have placed irrational weightage on academic evaluation and completely neglected the importance of lives of thousands of students. The UGC has also acted in contravention and beyond powers conferred upon them under the University Grants Commission Act, 1956,” said the appeal, filed through advocates DhruvPande and RandeepSachdeva.
It sued to direct the authorities to promote final year students based on their average marks obtained in previous years and internal assessment in the present year. On July 6, the UGC had issued revised exam guidelines mandating to hold final examinations in colleges and universities. By the end of September stating that the academic credibility, career opportunities and future progress of students were linked to exams.
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