State has no energy to cancel exams: UGC to Bombay High Court

Mumbai, July 24

The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Friday instructed the Bombay High Court that the Maharashtra authorities doesn’t have the facility to cancel ultimate 12 months diploma examinations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The affidavit was filed in response to a petition filed by Dhananjay Kulkarni, a retired instructor and former college senate member from Pune, difficult the Maharashtra authorities’s resolution to cancel examinations.

The state authorities canceled ultimate 12 months examinations final month by stating that it has the facility to take action below the Epidemic Diseases Act and Disaster Management Act.

But the UGC argued that these acts cannot be invoked to “render the statutory provisions of another special Act such as The University Grants Commissioner Act nugatory”.

The state authorities’s resolution was opposite to the UGC pointers issued on April 29 and July 6, 2020, asking all Universities and Institutions to conduct exams by the tip of September 2020, the fee added.

The pointers had been issued after the Union Ministry of Home Affairs allowed holding of examinations by universities and different establishments, the UGC stated.

The pointers had been issued to guard the educational and profession pursuits of scholars and on the similar time safeguard their well being, it stated.

The Maharashtra authorities’s resolution “to defer the final year examinations or to graduate students without holding exams would directly affect the standards of higher education in the country,” the UGC stated in its affidavit.

UGC was the apex physique for regulating the requirements of examination, the affidavit asserted.

“All universities/institutions in the country are obligated to conduct the final year examination by the end of September 2020,” it stated.

If a scholar, for unavoidable purpose, cannot seem for the examination then she or he could also be given the chance to seem for particular examination later, it stated.

The pointers present for a number of versatile modes of examination together with on-line, offline (pen and paper) and blended (on-line and offline), the affidavit stated.

As  per the petition, theUGChad on April 27, 2020 directed all universities to conductexams.

However, after a scholar organisation wrote to the state minister of Higher and Technical Education, theexamsin Maharashtra had been postponed and subsequently canceled by the state authorities, it stated.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Dipankar Datta posted the matter for additional listening to on July 31. PTI

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