No SC order on final year exam today – next UGC hearing on Aug 18. No final decision was taken at the Supreme Court hearing on the pleas against the UGC guidelines to hold final-year exams by September-end. The next hearing is on August 18.
The Supreme Court today heard the pleas against the UGC guidelines making it mandatory for final year exams to be held by September 30 amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. After several hearings on the matter, the final decision was expected to be out today.
But it has been adjourned to August 18. Thousands of college and university students all over India are waiting for a final word from Supreme Court. They have been repeatedly asked to continue with their exam preparation since no final decision regarding the exams has been taken yet.
Bar & Bench reported that Abhishek Manu Singhvi, lead counsel, in the case argued: “The UGC guidelines now is a ‘one size fits all’ method and does not consider the issues of transport and accessibility.” Singhvi further added that nobody is against the exams in regular times. “We are against the exams in pandemic time,” he argued. Singhvi also argued that the guidelines violate Article 14 of the Constitution, which guarantees equality before law, says the report. Senior counsel Shyam Divan, while arguing against the UGC guidelines said that the UGC guidelines state that they are advisory and that universities are free to chart out their own plan accordingly.
According to Bar & Bench, he said: “The students are a homogenous group and this group cannot be severed artificially by treating first-year students differently from final year students.”
UGC update on university exams
Earlier, On July 6, the UGC issued exam-related guidelines asking universities to complete the final year, final semester examination by September end in offline, online or blended mode.
Following the July 6 UGC order, students and parents raised their concern on various social media platforms and also urged the central government and the UGC to cancel the examination. Later, a couple of PILs were filed in the Supreme Court demanding cancellation of the examination. These included one by a group of 31 students from different parts of the country who demanded that they be evaluated on the basis of their past performance and internal assessments, as examinations will pose a serious health risk for them.
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