Universities to hold the Final Year Examinations; Next hearing on 18 August

Universities to hold the Final Year Examinations; Next hearing on 18 August

In the case of Students vs. UGC, the Supreme Court heard a petition against the UGC Directive to the universities to conduct the Final Year examinations today in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Universities to hold the Final Year Examinations; Next hearing on 18 August

Justice Bench Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah have heard this, and the Supreme Court is again due for its next hearing on 18 August. The hearing is now suspended.

The UGC will be present today with the Solicitor General to answer the affidavits and the question about the Law on Disaster Management.

The Supreme Court will today also examine the entire UGC scheme to aid students in carrying out examinations safely and in preparation for the final year’s exams.

At the University Grant Commission (UGC), Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said to the Supreme Court on 10 August that UGC is the only body that can provide for degree rules and states can not modify the rules. He also contested the UGC ‘s compulsory conduct of the final year exams, and students are not interested in not having exams.

What is the Students vs UGC case all about?

In the current situation of the pandemic, the petitioners argue that the exams are unsafe. The UGC said that there was sufficient time to carry out the exams in a way which is fit for universities.

Whitened by the UGC decree and cancelled final year exams in their respective state universities, States such as Maharashtra and Delhi have contested in their turn that final year examinations are compulsory because the degree can not be awarded without proper assessment.

The University Grants Commission has been entrusted with the prerogative to conduct the final year examinations in the interest of the students. As a result, all universities should conduct examinations as per the guidelines issued by the commission, the affidavit submitted by the Union Ministry of Manpower Development to the apex court said. 

At the same time, universities in Maharashtra and Delhi have started offering online classes. So why refuse online exams? ‘ This question has also been raised in the affidavit submitted by the University Grants Commission.

Students from some states, including Maharashtra, Delhi and West Bengal, have filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the final year exams.

The petition will be heard today, Friday. The decision was taken by the Union Ministry of Manpower Development in consultation with the National Disaster Management Authority. 

Neither Delhi nor the Maharashtra government can violate the order of the University Grants Commission, the Center said. It was also clarified that the University Grants Commission will not take any decision that will affect the future of the students. 

The University Grants Commission has earlier underlined that no examination will be cancelled and the examination should be conducted online, offline or both.

The court had directed the Home Ministry to file a reply through an affidavit in the petition filed by Yuva Sena in the Supreme Court not to conduct the examination.

Accordingly, an affidavit has been submitted by the Ministry. “We have no objection to taking the exam and we have given permission to take the exam by taking some security measures,” he said. 

All aspects have been fully considered in granting this permission to the Commission. The Union Home Ministry has also requested that the petition filed in this regard be quashed.

Universities to hold the Final Year Examinations; Next hearing on 18 August

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