COVID-19: HC asks UGC, HRD Ministry to clear stand on ultimate yr exams in all varsities

New Delhi, July 6

The Delhi High Court on Monday directed the UGC and Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) to make clear their stand as to whether or not they suggest cancellation of ultimate yr examinations in all the colleges throughout the nation because of COVID-19 pandemic state of affairs.

The excessive courtroom mentioned the stand ought to be made clear by Tuesday and directed that accountable officers from the Ministry of HRD and University Grants Commission (UGC) shall be part of the listening to on July 7.

Justice Prathiba M Singh, who was conducting the listening to via video conferencing, additionally directed the UGC’s committee headed by professor RC Kuhad to submit its report on ultimate pointers to the authorities involved by Tuesday and it shall be positioned earlier than the courtroom.

“The UGC, which is an overarching physique for all the colleges, should in truth take a call and provides its suggestions to all the colleges throughout the nation. UGC is a celebration within the current petition and it’s admittedly contemplating the problems referring to ultimate yr examinations.

“Thus, there should be no further delay in the UGC’s Committee submitting its report and the advisory from the UGC/ Ministry of HRD, being issued to universities in respect of conduct of final year examinations,” the excessive courtroom mentioned.

The excessive courtroom was listening to a petition by a number of college students of the ultimate yr of Delhi University (DU) in search of quashing and withdrawal of the notifications of May 14, May 30 and June 27 in respect of conduction of on-line exams for undergraduate and postgraduate college students, together with college students of the School of Open Learning and Non-Collegiate Women Education Board.

As an alternate prayer, it additionally sought to direct DU to judge the ultimate yr college students primarily based on the earlier years’ or semesters’ ends in the identical method because the college has deliberate to advertise the primary and second yr college students.

An utility for impleadment has additionally been moved by 5 college students from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University. Out of those 5 college students, one scholar is from Faridabad, two from Delhi, one from Nagaland and one from Rajasthan.

The excessive courtroom famous that a number of college students could have already obtained employment and could also be compelled to report back to their jobs and others could also be scheduled to pursue put up graduate research in India and overseas.

Justice Singh mentioned administrative authorities who’re in-charge of conducting examinations in universities, together with the UGC and the Central authorities, should additionally keep in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in huge psychological misery and agony to college students.

“There are families which are suffering medical illnesses and giving of examinations is not just a technological issue but the state of mental preparedness of the students also needs to be assessed,” the choose mentioned.

The excessive courtroom mentioned the deadlines for submission of ultimate yr transcripts in all these universities can be in August-September 2020 and numerous states, universities and establishments have cancelled ultimate yr examinations, together with Maharashtra, Orissa, Haryana, MP, Punjab, NALSAR (Hyderabad), NUJS (Kolkata), IIT Kharagpur, IIT Bombay, Calcutta University, Lucknow University, Panjab University, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam University.

It mentioned some universities and establishments have opted for conducting examinations on-line which have already been accomplished and lots of varsities are additionally awaiting UGC’s contemporary pointers.

The excessive courtroom, in its order, mentioned college students in most universities and establishments which have cancelled the examinations have been promoted on the idea of previous efficiency coupled with inside assessments wherever obtainable.

Regarding the Delhi University, it mentioned DU is a college of excellence and finding out in DU is a matter of pleasure because it attracts the perfect expertise from throughout the nation.

“Thus, the problems of DU students may be much more, and thus the difficulties of the large expanse of students hailing from different regions needs to be borne in mind. They cannot be judged on the basis of the facilities available in a city like Delhi or other metros,” it mentioned.

The excessive courtroom directed the DU to position on document the variety of college students who’re finding out within the ultimate yr of the varsity and who’re registered for the ultimate yr examinations to be performed via the web course of.

DU can even give a state-wise break-up of the scholars and from the place they should take the examinations, preparedness of the web site portal for dealing with of the visitors throughout exams, conserving in thoughts the current technical glitches confronted by college students in the course of the mock exams.

The excessive courtroom additionally directed the varsity to offer the schedule of examinations, that’s, analysis of papers, date for announcement of outcomes and date for issuance of transcripts. PTI

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