UGC in SC questions selections by Delhi, Maharashtra to cancel exams amid COVID-19 pandemic

New Delhi, August 10

The UGC within the Supreme Court on Monday questioned the selections of Delhi and Maharashtra governments to cancel last 12 months exams of state universities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saying they have been towards the foundations.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta advised a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan that states can’t change the foundations of the University Grants Commission as solely the UGC is empowered to prescribe guidelines for conferring diploma.

Mehta argued that not conducting exams is not going to be within the curiosity of scholars and levels is probably not acknowledged if the states would act unilaterally.

The apex court docket was listening to a batch of pleas which have challenged the July 6 directive to all the colleges and faculties to conduct last 12 months examinations by September 30 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the listening to carried out by way of video-conferencing, Mehta knowledgeable the bench in regards to the selections of Delhi and Maharashtra to cancel last 12 months exams of state universities.

He stated that the UGC would file its response on the affidavits filed by Maharashtra and Delhi within the matter.

The bench granted time to the UGC to file a response and posted the matter for additional listening to on August 14.

Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, showing for a few of the petitioners, claimed that the July 6 guideline for holding exams are neither authorized or constitutionally legitimate.

He additionally raised the difficulty concerning tips issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for instructional establishments amid the pandemic.

The high court docket had on July 31 refused to cross any interim order on the pleas.

The UGC had earlier advised the court docket that no one ought to stay beneath the impression that because the Supreme Court is analyzing this concern, the ultimate 12 months /semester examination can be stayed.

The solicitor normal had knowledgeable the bench that out of over 800 universities within the nation, 209 have accomplished the examinations whereas round 390 universities are within the technique of conducting exams.

The UGC had filed an affidavit within the apex court docket and justified its resolution directing all universities and establishments to carry last 12 months/semester examinations in September saying it was completed to guard the educational future of scholars throughout the nation.

The UGC had stated that in June this 12 months, contemplating the evolving state of affairs of the COVID-19 pandemic, it requested the knowledgeable committee to revisit the April 29 tips, by which it had requested the colleges and establishments to carry last 12 months examinations in July 2020.

The knowledgeable committee submitted a report recommending that terminal semester/last 12 months examinations ought 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 stated.

It added that this report of the knowledgeable committee was deliberated and authorized by the UGC in its emergent assembly held on July 6, because the conduct of the ultimate 12 months/terminal examination is a time-sensitive concern.

Assailing the selections of some states like Maharashtra and Delhi of cancelling the ultimate 12 months examinations, the fee had stated that such selections straight have an effect on the requirements of upper schooling and might be an encroachment on the legislative subject of coordinating and figuring out the requirements of upper schooling that’s solely reserved for Parliament beneath Schedule VII of the Constitution. PTI


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