UGC Guidelines on Final Year Exams. Shiv Sena’s youth wing Yuva Sena has moved the Supreme Court of India challenging the UGC’s decision of holding Final Year Exams 2020 for University and college students across the country amid the on-going pandemic. Yuva Sena has decided to seek relief from the apex court against the UGC’s exam guidelines which made the holding of final year exams mandatory for all varsities.
Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aaditya Thackeray:
He has confirmed to PTI that the petition in the Supreme Court has been filed by him on Saturday – 18th July 2020. “We believe that academic excellence can’t be judged by 1 examination and for academic excellence; we must calculate the aggregate marks of the past semesters. Beyond which, if students still feel the need to appear for an examination, they voluntarily may do so post COVID” – He said
“Today Yuva Sena has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court with a humble prayer to save lives of lakhs of students, teachers, non-teaching staff and their families by asking the UGC to not be stubborn about enforcing examinations when India has crossed the 10 lakh cases marks” He Added
The petition filed by Yuva Sena seeks relief from Supreme Court and requests the court to direct MHRD and UGC to give the right to make decisions regarding holding of final year university exams to the respective state governments based on the prevailing situation in their respective areas.
The petition also cites that last week, India has achieved the unfortunate milestone of crossing 1 Million COVID-19 cases and is the third-worst affected country in the world. The petition says that despite lockdowns and government measures, the COVID-19 curve has not flattened yet. In fact, the number of cases has been rising steadily after Unlock-1, forcing many state governments to announced lockdowns again.
Cancellation of Exams:
7 state Governments, including Maharashtra and Delhi; have announced the cancellation of University exams, including for final year students, owing to the serious situation and rising number of Coronavirus infections.