Plea challenging the guidelines laid down by UGC to hold up the final year University exams due to COVID-19

Plea challenging the guidelines laid down by UGC to hold up the final year University exams due to COVID-19

 

The plea challenging the guidelines laid down by the UGC to hold the final year university exam due to COVID-19, the plea would take up after two days the Supreme Court said

Across India 31 students filed the plea seeking the cancellation of the final year university exam that was listed today before a two judges bench Bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Hemant Gupta.

However,the matter would be taken up after two days by another bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice Rao said.

The matter referred to by SG Mehta – National Student Union v. Union of India – was quashed today by the Bench of Justices Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy, and MR Shah.

One of the students among the 31 petitioner is COVID-19 positive. The petitioner requested that the schedule of examination be cancelled in the interest of justice.

The students from 13 different states and including one union territory hailing to quash July 6 circular of UGC which direct the university to hold up the final year university exam by September 30.

The petition filed through Advocate Anubha Srivastava Sahai has prayed that after cancelling the final year exams of all universities, the results of such students should be calculated on the basis of their internal assessment or past performance. It is also urged that the students’ mark sheets should be issued before July 31.

Further, the plea to be argued by Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava further prays for a direction to the UGC to adopt the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) model and conduct an examination at a later date for those students who are not satisfied with the marks awarded on the basis of internal/past assessment.

Apart from this a letter petition was filed by Yash Dubey a final year law student from Madhya Pradesh. Dubey has prayed that the Court take suo motu cognizance of the UGC guidelines, which had mandated universities across India to conduct final year examinations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aditya Thackeray who leads the Yuva Sena had also reached to the Apex Court seeking to quashed the UGC guidelines.

According to a press release by the party, the Yuva Sena has submitted that the condition of Indian is deteriorating due to COVID-19 which is not suitable to conduct examination.

Earlier this week, the UGC said that over 640 universities responded on the question of holding varsity exams amid the pandemic. Out of these, 454 have either conducted the examinations or are planning to do so. 177 universities are yet to decide on the conduct of the examinations, the UGC said.

In the case of 27 private universities, established from 2019-2020 till date, the first batch is yet to become eligible for the final examination, the Commission had said.

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