SC to pronounce verdict on pleas in opposition to UGC determination to carry closing yr exams by Sept 30

New Delhi, August 27

The Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce its verdict on Friday on the pleas difficult the choice of UGC asking universities and schools to conduct closing yr exams by September 30 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, which had reserved its verdict on the difficulty on August 18, will pronounce the judgement.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) had informed the highest court docket that its July 6 directive, asking universities and schools to conduct closing yr exams by September 30 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, is “not a diktat” however states can not take determination to confer levels with out holding the examinations.

It had informed the court docket that the directive is for the “benefit of students” as the schools have to start out admissions to postgraduate programs and state authorities can not override the UGC’s guideline.

The high court docket had noticed that the difficulty is that if the state catastrophe administration authority has determined that the scenario just isn’t conducive for holding exams, can they overrule the UGC.

It had mentioned that one other difficulty is whether or not the fee can override state authorities and ask the schools to carry examinations on given dates.

The apex court docket was earlier informed by one of many petitioners that no one is in opposition to the college examinations in “normal times” and the scholars are difficult the UGC’s determination due to the pandemic.

The UGC had mentioned that closing examination is a “crucial step” within the tutorial profession of a pupil and the state authorities can not say that its July 6 directive was “not binding”.

Yuva Sena, the youth wing of Shiv Sena, is among the petitioners within the apex court docket and has questioned the UGC’s directive to carry examinations in the course of the pandemic occasions.            

The UGC had earlier mentioned that the July 6 tips are based mostly on suggestions of specialists and have been made after due deliberation and it’s unsuitable to assert that it’s going to not be doable to conduct the ultimate examinations when it comes to the rules.

On August 10, the UGC had questioned the selections of Delhi and Maharashtra governments to cancel closing yr exams of state universities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saying they have been in opposition to the principles.       

The Solicitor General had earlier knowledgeable the Bench that out of over 800 universities within the nation, 209 have accomplished the examinations whereas round 390 universities are within the means of conducting exams.

The UGC had mentioned that in June this yr, contemplating the evolving scenario of the COVID-19 pandemic, it requested the knowledgeable committee to revisit the April 29 tips, by which it had requested the schools and establishments to carry closing yr examinations in July 2020.

The knowledgeable committee submitted a report recommending that terminal semester/closing yr examinations needs to be carried out by universities/ establishments by the top of September, 2020 in offline (pen & paper)/ on-line/ blended (on-line + offline) mode, the UGC had mentioned.

It added that this report of the knowledgeable committee was deliberated and accredited by the UGC in its emergent assembly held on July 6, for the reason that conduct of the ultimate yr/terminal examination is a time-sensitive difficulty.

Assailing the selections of some states like Maharashtra and Delhi of cancelling the ultimate yr exams, the UGC had mentioned such choices immediately have an effect on the requirements of upper training and will probably be an encroachment on the legislative discipline of coordinating and figuring out the requirements of upper training that’s solely reserved for Parliament beneath Schedule VII of the Constitution. PTI


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