new Delhi: University Grants Commission (UGC) The Supreme Court on Friday postponed the hearing for August 10 in connection with the conduct of final year examinations in universities and colleges across the country by September 30.
The UGC said that no one should live in the belief that this matter is pending in the Supreme Court, which is why the court has stopped the examination. Students should continue preparing for their studies.
In the hearing today, lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that many universities do not have the necessary facilities for online examination. On this, the Supreme Court said that there is also an option of offline.
Then the lawyer said that but many people will not be able to take the offline examination due to local conditions or illness. Then the court said that giving them the option to take the exam later will lead to more confusion but it seems to be in the interest of the students. Apart from this, the Supreme Court has asked to keep a copy of the decision taken by the State Disaster Management Committee in Maharashtra on record.
Earlier, the UGC filed its reply in the Supreme Court on Thursday. In which it was said that the purpose of conducting the final year examinations by September 30 is to manage the future of the students so that the students do not delay the next year’s studies. The Supreme Court had asked the UGC to respond to the petitions challenging the final year examination in universities across the country.
In the petitions filed in the Supreme Court, there has been a demand for not conducting the examination in view of the health of the students regarding the corona. The petitions have sought a direction from the Supreme Court to cancel the UGC guidelines issued on 6 July. On July 6, UGC guidelines instructed all universities and colleges to hold final year examinations by September 30.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs had issued a notification of 6 July 2020 by universities and institutes to allow the examination to be conducted and ordered the universities to conduct final year examination as per UGC guidelines.
The petitioners also include a student of Corona positive. She has said that there are many final year students who are either themselves or their family members Corona positive. Forcing such students to appear in the final year examinations till 30 September 2020 is an open violation of the right to life conferred under Article 21.