UGC questions choice of Maharashtra, Delhi to cancel final-year exams

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 10

The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Monday questioned earlier than the Supreme Court the selections taken by governments of Maharashtra and Delhi to cancel final-year examinations of state universities in view of COVID-19, saying they went in opposition to guidelines.

Not holding examinations is not going to be in college students’ curiosity as their levels might not be recognised if the states would act unilaterally and cancel final-year examinations in violation of UGC norms, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing UGC, informed a Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan.

States couldn’t change the UGC guidelines which solely the common of upper schooling was empowered to prescribe for awarding levels, Mehta stated whereas opposing the selections of Delhi and Maharashtra governments to cancel final-year examinations.

The high courtroom had earlier already refused to remain the UGC’s choice.

As Mehta stated UGC want to reply to the affidavits filed by Delhi and Maharashtra, the Bench posted the petitions difficult the UGCs directive to conduct college examinations by September 30 for additional listening to on August 14.

Petitioners contended the July 6 UGC pointers for holding final-year examinations had been unlawful.

On the final date of listening to, the Solicitor General had made it clear that college students ought to put together themselves for the final-year examinations. 

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

Refusing to relent on the September 30 deadline for conducting last yr of universities and faculties, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had earlier informed the courtroom that its choice was taken “after due deliberation by taking into account and balancing all relevant factors”.

In an affidavit filed within the courtroom, UGC had stated its round was issued to “protect the academic future of students”, whereas conserving 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 comply with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which has determined to carry examinations at a later date for college kids not glad with their marks given on the premise of inside evaluation.

However, the UGC stated, “The nature of examinations conduct 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.”

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