Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 30
Refusing to relent on the September 30 deadline for conducting the ultimate 12 months examinations of universities and schools, the University Grants Commission (UGC) 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, the UGC mentioned its round was issued to “protect the academic future of students” whereas holding 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 in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, which had earlier requested the UGC to spell out its stand on petitions filed by college students from throughout India, will take up the matter for listening to on Friday.
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 students not happy with their marks given on the premise of inner evaluation.
However, the UGC mentioned: “The nature of examinations conducted by the CBSE, the ICSE or the 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 the IITs and the governments of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Pondicherry have already cancelled last 12 months examinations.
But the UGC took exception to choices taken by the governments of Maharashtra and Delhi to not conduct the final-year examinations resulting from COVID-19.
The UGC mentioned “sufficient time” had been given to conduct the examinations, with universities being given ample flexibility to conduct examinations through on-line, offline or hybrid modes.
In case college students have been unable to seem for examinations, they’d be given an opportunity to seem at a specifically performed examination at a later date in order that they weren’t put to any inconvenience or drawback, it mentioned.