UGC Exam Guidelines – Supreme Court adjourns case till August 10. The Supreme Court is continuing hearing in the matter related to the pleas challenging University Grants Commission’s (UGC) revised guidelines of conducting final year university exams across the country.
The Supreme Court is continuing hearing in the matter related to the pleas challenging University Grants Commission’s (UGC) revised guidelines of conducting final year university exams across the country.
During Thursday’s hearing:
UGC remained adamant on its decision of not cancelling the final year exams, asking all universities of conducting final year exams by September end, saying July 6, 2020 revised guidelines offer sufficient flexibility and are intended to protect the academic future of students.
UGC remained adamant on its decision of not cancelling the final year exams, asking all universities of conducting final year exams by September end.
UGC Exam Guidelines:
- Justice Ashok Bhushan-led bench of the Supreme Court hearing a batch of pleas challenging the UGC Guidelines mandating completion of final year exams by universities before September 30.
- Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi submits for final year law student Yash Dubey. He said there are 16 lakh cases of COVID19 now. The response by UGC has been filed without any application of mind. Singhvi added that look at the earlier guidelines and look at the ones issued on July 6.
- Singhvi continued his argument saying, “the first guideline was 3 months ago by UGC on April 22.
- Supreme Court 3-judge judge bench takes time to assimilate all the rejoinders filed in the case.
- SC passes over the case as rejoinders filed by petitioners are not in order.
- Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava submits that 31 petitioners in the case are students.
- Singhvi submits that UGC guidelines were reversed in July.
- Justice Bhushan says UGC can always revisit guidelines
- Singhvi terms ‘revisiting guidelines’ was arbitrary
- Singhvi added some of the universities lack basic IT infrastructure to conduct these online exams. It is not feasible to adopt the online mode of exam uniformly.
The Board Official:
UGC filed a 50-page affidavit on a batch of petitions, including the one filed by Shiv Sena’s youth wing ‘Yuva Sena’, which have challenged its guidelines issued on July 6 for holding the exams in September amidst the persisting coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
It requested the expert committee to revisit the April 29 guidelines, by which it had asked the Universities and Institutions to hold final year examinations in July 2020.
The expert committee recommended terminal semester/final year examinations should be conducted by universities/ institutions by the end of September, 2020 in offline (pen & paper)/ online/ blended (online + offline) mode.
Based on the committee report, UGC said it immediately issued revised guidelines that all universities/ institutions are obligated to conduct terminal semester/final year exams by the end of September, 2020.
It has issued such guidelines to ‘protect the academic future of students across the country which will be irreparably damaged if their final year/terminal semester examinations are not held, while also keeping in mind their health and safety’.