Examination course of nerve wracking, college students’ profession at stake: HC to DU on suspending exams

New Delhi, July 9

Examinations are nerve- wracking and profession of hundreds of scholars is at stake, the Delhi High Court stated on Thursday, pulling up the Delhi University for repeatedly suspending the exams of ultimate 12 months undergraduate programs in the previous few weeks.

The courtroom questioned the varsity on pushing the exams from July 10 to a date past August 15, even when it stored sustaining that it was able to conduct the Open Book Examinations (OBE) on July 1 in addition to on July 10.

A Bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad directed Delhi University to file an affidavit detailing the schedule of ultimate 12 months undergraduate exams which have been postponed from July 10 to past August 15 in view of persisting COVID-19 pandemic.

The excessive courtroom additionally requested the varsity to elucidate within the affidavit as to the way it proposes to conduct exams—on-line, offline or each modes, moreover the whole date sheet, offering readability to college students.

It allowed the prayer of senior advocate Sachin Dutta, representing DU, to grant a while as they must work out a brand new plan by way of July Eight round issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for declaring the style through which the forthcoming exams are to be performed.

The courtroom directed the DU to file the affidavit by July 13 and listed the matter for consideration on July 14.

“We all have gone through the examination process which is nerve-wracking for the students, especially during the times of COVID-19 pandemic,” stated the Bench, which was conducting the listening to via video conferencing.

“Why are you pushing the exams to a date beyond August 15, knowing that careers of thousands of students are at stake,” the courtroom stated, including that the ultimate 12 months college students must be given passing out certificates and levels to allow them to pursue larger schooling.

It requested the varsity to mull over the schedule given by the UGC and are available again with a agency date sheet and examination schedule.

The courtroom was additionally crucial of the way in which mock exams had been performed by the DU and referred to technical glitches throughout the exams.

The Bench didn’t admire the conduct of the varsity which has been “turning turtle” and altering stands often.

It famous that on June 26, DU knowledgeable the courtroom that it’s going to go forward with conducting exams from July 1 and after lower than 24 hours, the college postponed the exams to July 10.

The courtroom had on June 29 issued discover to the varsity asking why contempt proceedings be not initiated in opposition to it and its officers for making an attempt to mislead the courtroom by withholding info on deferment of the net OBE from July 1 to July 10.

The courtroom was then knowledgeable that the college was agency on commencing exams from July 10.

“We took you (DU) on face value and asked you to file an affidavit for clarity. Now we discover you have again changed the date to beyond August 15 and there is no exact date. What do you expect us to do. You want us to constantly monitor you on conducting exams,” the Bench stated.

It added, “Sorry to say the way the university is conducting itself for the last few weeks, we are not impressed with anything. We have to take it with a pinch of salt.”            

In the affidavit filed by DU on Thursday morning, it was averred that assembly of a High Powered Committed of the college occurred on July 7 at 9:30 pm to entry the examination associated issues and taking stalk of the developments pursuant to revised tips issued by UGC on July 6.

Thereafter, the DU has determined to postpone holding of the examination to some date after August 15.

Dutta stated the college continues to be working upon the date sheet for the examination to be performed after August 15.

During the listening to, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was representing the UGC, knowledgeable the courtroom that on July 6 and July 8, it has issued a round/ tips to all the colleges informing them that the examination course of for last 12 months college students have to be accomplished by the top of September and the mode of conducting examination may very well be on-line, offline or a mix of each the strategies.

On being requested by the courtroom as as to if the UGC has insisted that exams be performed for selling college students, Mehta stated exams are obligatory for last 12 months college students and the method needs to be accomplished by September 30.

The excessive courtroom was listening to numerous petitions by a number of last 12 months DU college students searching for quashing and withdrawal of the notifications of May 14, May 30 and June 27 for on-line exams for undergraduate and postgraduate college students, together with of the School of Open Learning and Non-Collegiate Women Education Board.

As an alternate prayer, one of many petitions has sought course to the DU to judge the ultimate 12 months college students primarily based on the earlier years’ or semesters’ leads to the identical method because the college has deliberate to advertise the primary and second 12 months college students. PTI


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