‘Students ought to put together for the examination’: Solicitor General tells Supreme Court

Satya Prakash
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 31

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to cross any interim order on a batch of petitions in search of cancellation of ultimate 12 months/semester examinations in September and requested the Centre to clear the stand of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on the problem.

The UGC advised the court docket that no person ought to stay beneath the impression that because the Supreme Court is analyzing this problem, the ultimate 12 months /semester examination might be stayed. 

The bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan requested the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) additionally to spell out its stand on UGC’s July 6 round on this regard.

Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, representing the petitioners, urged the highest court docket to problem an interim order for college students in flood-hit Assam and Bihar, but it surely refused to oblige him.

Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta made it clear that college students ought to put together themselves for the ultimate 12 months examinations. 

“Nobody should be under the impression that they cannot prepare. Students should prepare for the exam,” Mehta stated.

Terming the UGC’s determination because of non-application of thoughts, senior advocate AM Singhvi, representing one of many petitioners, sought to focus on the truth that the variety of COVID-19 circumstances in India touched 16 lakh. 

“Heavens will not fall if exams are cancelled”, he added.

As Singhvi stated UGC reversed its preliminary tips issued in April, the Bench stated, “UGC can always revisit its guidelines.”

“This revisiting was arbitrary,” stated Singhvi highlighting lack fundamental IT infrastructure for conducting on-line examinations. 

He opposed the choice of holding one other examination at a later date, saying it will create chaos.

Refusing to relent on the September 30 deadline for conducting a remaining 12 months of universities and faculties, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had on Thursday advised the Supreme Court that the choice was taken “after due deliberation by taking into account and balancing all relevant factors.”

In an affidavit filed within the prime court docket, UGC stated its round was issued to “protect the academic future of students”, whereas maintaining in thoughts their “health and safety”.

The affidavit has been filed in response to petitions difficult the UGC’s July 6 round for allegedly being arbitrary because it mandated conducting examinations throughout COVID19 pandemic.

The petitioners needed the UGC to observe the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which has determined to carry examinations at a later date for college students not happy with their marks given on the idea of inside evaluation.

However, the UGC stated: “The nature of examinations conducted by CBSE, ICSE or ICAI…are very different from those that are the subject matter of the UGC Guidelines. In the present case, the UGC is concerned with final year/terminal semester examinations which will have a lasting and indelible effect on the academic credibility, career opportunities and future progress of the students.”

The petitioners have highlighted the truth that IITs and governments of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Pondicherry have already cancelled remaining 12 months examinations.

But UGC took exception to selections taken by governments of Maharashtra and Delhi to not conduct remaining 12 months examinations attributable to COVID19. 

It stated “sufficient time” has been given to conduct the examinations and universities have been given adequate flexibility to conduct examinations through on-line, offline or hybrid modes.

In case college students had been unable to seem for examinations, they might be given an opportunity to seem at a specifically carried out examination at a later date in order that they weren’t put to any inconvenience or drawback, it stated.

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