new Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked the UGC to respond to the petitions challenging the final year examination in universities across the country. The Supreme Court will hold the next hearing on Friday 31 July. Petitions filed in the Supreme Court have been requested not to conduct 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 COVID positive. The student has said that there are many final year students who are either COVID positive themselves or their family members. 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.